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Beginning An Investigation

Belief is not necessary, but negativity CAN affect the area. Negative energy may deter your subjects from making an appearance. Keep your thoughts on your task and enjoy your work.

Always obey the local laws. Venturing into a cemetery after dark, trespassing on private property and taking photos when not authorized will only serve to get you and your team into trouble. Best to get permissions ahead of time.

ALWAYS search the history of the site before beginning an investigation. Search the local Land and Trust offices, local library and area newspaper morgues for information or history on the site.

Never go to an investigation site under the influence. This can impair judgment and discredit your findings.

Never go to the site alone. This point has a two-fold effect. First, corroborating your findings with another investigator is always a good idea. Second, no investigator should go into the field alone. Often, haunted areas can be dangerous due to age, decay or abandonment. ALWAYS let another know where you will be and what time you will return.

Always be prepared. Set aside a backpack (hands-free shoulder straps) to hold your equipment and record keeping instruments. 

Not every investigation attempt is going to succeed in photos or findings. Try again, perhaps at another phase in the moon, different weather patterns, time of day, etc.



Essential Equipment

35 MM Camera/digital camera - 400 film speed or greater
EMF Meter - will read the electromagnetic fields in an area 
video camera (optional)
thermometers for temp change at a site
notebook and pens (more than one pen)
tape recorder with additional blank tapes
bandages and antiseptic in case of emergencies
appropriate clothing and footwear
extra batteries, film and tapes
maps or other instructions for the site
written permissions in case you need proof of entry
pocket recorder (notebook as backup)
identification (always a good idea)
flashlight (extra batteries)
watch for record of event occurrences 


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GE 35383 Micro Cassette Recorder
with AVR/Batteries and Tapes


Kodak DX3900 EasyShare 3.0MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom

Olympus Camedia C-700 2.0MP Digital Camera
w/ 10x Optical Zoom



Photography Opportunities

Ensure that your camera lens is clean and dry. Any dust or prints will adversely affect the picture.

Keep all cigarette or cigar smoke away from the photo area. This can be confused for ectoplasm.

Fog, snow and dry winds can cause irregular photos. Blowing dust can appear as orbs.

Consider removing the camera strap to ensure it doesn't get in the image's path. At such close range, straps (and fingertips) can appear as vortex.

Never shoot a photo directly into the sun's rays. Reflection, lens magnification and smudges will appear as something they are not.

Avoid handling the negatives in case of future reproductions. Place negatives in clear plastic sleeves designed for archiving.

Try if possible to avoid flash photography. Reflection can cause havoc in an image. 

Try to avoid auto focusing on newer cameras. Set to manual to avoid misfocusing on a bright light.


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