Jake shows you how to use laser grids on your next ghost hunt. Pay attention to how you use infrared and full-spectrum lighting. Get the scoop after the jump.
How To Use Laser Grids On Ghost Hunts
Tips For Using Laser Grids
If you’re a video evidence analyst, you want to make sure the investigators use laser grids during engagement sessions. These lasers can detect minute movements, which could signal a ghost has manifested. Pair with a few more gadgets, like the EDI+ or geophone, for even more credible evidence.
Here are some things to know about laser grids and scopes:
These lasers make the graph-paper pattern. They have very powerful beams and make crisp lines. However, the space between the lines is larger than a scope pattern. This means you may not see as much nuance on the surface. In other words, it’s easier to miss the shimmer effect of a ghostly manifestation. Ideally, place it 12 feet away from the area you want to measure. This gives the grid enough breadth to cover the haunted hot spot. Grids tend to show better under full-spectrum light than infrared light. It’s still better to use a standard camcorder to clearly see the lines.
Scopes make those Kinect-like, or starburst, patterns. It looks like a star field in a sci-fi movie. You’ve also seen these in the Paranormal Activity movies and other ghost hunting films. Scopes are versatile with distance. I usually place them 6-to-10 feet away from the area under investigation. If you go closer than that, the stars may be too dense and you won’t capture the ghost’s shimmer effect. If you go too far, then the stars will wash out and you may not see any movement. Also, scopes burn through their batteries quickly, usually within 30 minutes. Be ready to change them often. In addition, scopes are horrible under infrared and full-spectrum light. Really, use your standard variety digital camcorder for these. And skip the IR lamps, eh?
On November 10th, 2018, Ghostly Activities will use laser grids heavily during an investigation in Auburn, Washington. We’ll post the videos on that post when we analyze the evidence.