Ideally, you have a digital camera where you can set the ISO with its menu. In most cases, 400 ISO works well. In some cameras, you can set it as high as 1000 ISO. Your pictures may look grainy at this setting, especially in low-light areas. The 400 ISO is a good middle setting. Lower settings don’t collect enough ambient light to capture an anomaly unless you’re in daylight.
Camera Tips For Ghost Hunting
Be careful with your flash
Flashes, contrary to common sense, can help you capture an entity. The light burst doesn’t cause a white out effect that masks a spirit. It can actually help make it clearer in the picture. You could try a diffuser to help with bursts and white outs.
Your Breath Is A Problem
In fact, this is the most common cause of ghostly pics. You should have a second camera available to take backup pictures. If it also captures the apparition, you have a much stronger case when presenting your evidence.
Test Your Settings
You’ll probably find some settings work better under different conditions. If your inside a building after dark, you might want to test ISO 800. If you have detachable lenses, test out a f1.8 lens. It’s made for low-light settings, but you won’t have as much depth of field. That means things in the background will appear soft and fuzzy. It could cause a matrix or other anomaly to appear in pics. This lens doesn’t let you focus the same way: You have to walk up to a subject (but not closer than 2 feet) to zoom. It may work better when you test trigger objects.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.