Ghost Hunting Tips


Research

This is one of the most important parts of any good ghost hunt. You have to know your background. Get as many facts as you possibly can. Find out all that is available about the area, and the ghost you want to investigate. Talk to people in the locale. Read old newspapers, talk to historians, policeand anybody who claims to have seen the ghost. Also talk to anyone who might have lived in the place you are investigating. Be thorough. The more information you can gather the better. You might even find out some things that will make your investigation easier, or scarier or bigger than you had originally thought.

Have an Equipment List

Before you go on any hunt, make a list of all the things that you are going to need and check them off as you pack them. Try to be as mobile as possible. A backpack is probably big enough to fit most of your equipment. It is not necessary to have a lot of fancy do-das and gadgets when you first start hunting.

Know your Equipment

A lot of a ghost hunting work will be done late at night. The last thing you want to be doing is fumbling around in the dark trying to get a piece of equipment to work properly, or trying to read instructions.

Check your Equipment

Make certain that each piece of equipment is ready for instant action. Be sure that you have enough memory space on your digital camera or if you are using film bring a couple of extra rolls just in case you find something truly fascinating. Be sure that you have new batteries and some extras. You might miss a ghost if you are trying to put film in the camera or a tape in the recorder.

Respect

Be a respectful ghost hunter. Do not trespass. Many places will give you permission to investigate for ghosts, but be respectful if you are denied entrance.

Group

You should never hunt alone. Quite often your hunting will occur late at night and it is always a good idea to have someone there in case of a problem. You also want to have somebody there who can verify anything that you do find. Another good idea is to let somebody who is not going on the hunt, know exactly where you will be and how long you plan on being gone especially if you are going to a remote area.

Night Hunting

A lot of your investigating will be done after dark so it is a good idea to go to the site that you want to investigate while it is still light. This way you can get a good idea of the layout and check for any potential hazards. If you are exploring an old building you want to be certain that the structure is safe and sound before you go walking around in the dark.

Pictures

One of a ghost hunter’s most valuable tools is a camera. Be sure that you do some investigating on how to take good pictures. Simple things can make all the difference in the world especially if you want to photograph paranormal things. Do not smoke in the area where you will be taking pictures as obviously you do not want to confuse smoke with any haze or actual vapors. Do not take pictures through glass. As well, try to make sure that all light sources are behind you when you are taking pictures. This cuts down on shadows.

Above all, stay safe, be respectful and keep an open mind.

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