Cameras are a staple for any ghost hunters kit. From old school polaroid to new technology such as SLS, thermal imaging and full spectrum, investigators have been attempting to catch paranormal phenomena on both still and video cameras for many years. Some of the issue with these images is they produce a plethora of false positives. Although most seasoned investigators can easily determine a false positive, it can be confusing for the novice. Some examples of common false positives caught on camera are: Lens flare; cigarette smoke; strands of hair and exposure time.
EMF measurements are measurements of ambient (surrounding) electromagnetic fields that are performed using particular sensors or probes, such as EMF meters. These probes can be generally considered as antennas although with different characteristics. In fact probes should not perturb the electromagnetic field and must prevent coupling and reflection as much as possible in order to obtain precise results. There are two main types of EMF measurements.
EVP, ITC and Audio
Within ghost hunting and parapsychology, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Parapsychologist Konstantīns Raudive, who popularized the idea in the 1970s, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.
Enthusiasts consider EVP to be a form of paranormal phenomenon often found in recordings with static or other background noise. However, psychologists regard EVP as a form of auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in one's own language) and a pseudoscience promulgated by popular culture. Rational explanations for EVP include apophenia (perceiving patterns in random information), equipment artifacts, and hoaxes.
What equipment should I use?
This is the first question most novice ghost hunters ask themselves. To get started, or if you are on a budget, all you really need are a few things:
- Recording Devices
When I started out all I had was a flashlight, a polaroid camera (remember those?), a tape recorder (yes, I said tape) and a video camera that weighed about 20 pounds. Nowadays there are infrared, full spectrum and thermal cameras; REM pods; Electromagnetic field generators: Spirit boxes and the list goes on and on. I have used about all there is to use and still have not proven or disproven the existence of "ghosts", but it's definitely been a wild ride trying.
In 30 years I have only captured a handful of photographs that I have no natural explanation for and 2 video clips that I know in my heart are images of the other side. My tool of choice, however, is EVP.
EVP (electronic voice phenomena) can be captured in a plethora of ways. I prefer to use a digital recorder and/or an Ovilus. Following are some photos of the equipment I prefer to use on a regular basis. I have also provided a link to my favorite place to purchase my equipment.
From basic to intermediate to advanced. Following is some of the equipment we currently use including, but not limited to: cameras - digital, polariod, night shot video, sls, thermal imaging; recording devices such as digital recorders, Spirit Box, Ovilus, etc. ; EMF detectors; MEL meter; REM pods; Laser Grids; motion detectors and more.