Whether you’re a believer or not, going ghost-hunting can be a thrilling experience. Aside from being able to see eerie structures, it’s also a great way to witness surreal pieces of history, especially if you’re going to abandoned parks or centuries-old houses. As such, you’ll definitely want to bring the right gear so you can document your journey (and hopefully catch a few supernatural recordings). So, here are some things to pack for your paranormal photography and ghost-hunting adventure!!
Camera With Night Vision
While paranormal activity can happen at any time, many prefer investigating at night since there are fewer people, and less light and noise pollution. So, if you’re going ghost hunting in the evening, you’ll need a camera with night vision, as it can capture clear footage even in complete darkness. Some popular everyday cameras, like the Canon EOS R6, are already built for amazing nighttime shots and can operate in very low-light settings. But if you really want a camera designed specifically for nighttime adventures, the Hawke Sport Optics Nite-Eye 2000 Monocular has a built-in infrared illuminator that lets you see up to 200m in total darkness. It can certainly be worth the investment if you want to make paranormal photography a serious hobby.
One of the most common ways to detect the presence of a ghost is if there's a noticeable, sometimes drastic drop in air temperature. This is because ghosts are believed to pull the energy from the environment in order to manifest physically. Another theory is that ghosts go through dimensional gateways, which causes the air pressure to change, thus causing temperature drops. To check, you can use Kaiser’s Digital Thermometer with Probe, which has High/Low limits and sets off an alarm — so you don’t need to keep looking at it to keep track of the temperature. Doing a baseline sweep of the room or getting the average temperature of a place can help determine if a sudden temperature drop can be attributed to a spirit rather than just a cold draft.
Sometimes, ghosts don’t manifest themselves visually; people also report hearing voices and other sounds, usually at the edge of human perception. An audio recorder can let you pick up EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena, which can be the sounds of spirits trying to communicate. The Olympus VN-541PC Digital Voice Recorder is a great option as it can detect ultra-low- and high frequency sounds, down from 40Hz up to 13000kHz. These are sounds that humans can’t hear. Aside from simply hoping to pick up EVPs, you can do a structured EVP session, which is essentially a "question-and-answer" session with ghosts.
A ghost box or spirit box is essentially a modified AM/FM radio that scans the band making white noise, and clears the air to help enable spirits to communicate with the user. In this regard, the P-SB11 can sweep radio frequencies faster than other ghost boxes, and many believe this provides the energy that spirits need for communication. When using a ghost box, you can also keep your audio recorder beside it so you can listen to anything you catch later on.
EMF, or electromagnetic field, is what many consider a signature of the paranormal. Previously, we talked about how ghosts need energy to manifest themselves, and EMF is thought to be the by-product of energy consumption. There are reliable EMF detector apps that you can download if you don’t want to buy an actual gadget. For instance, the Ultimate EMF Detector detects EMFs and their sources, and even lets you record them. Take note that EMF can also come from appliances and cell phones. On the other hand, having a big EMF reading with no obvious source means you could be dealing with the supernatural.
Alright folks, thanks for reading! I hope this provides some helpful information for those of you in the community who are new to ghost hunting!! And I know I always say this, but please be safe, and make sure to read this SAFETY DISCLAIMER before visiting any allegedly haunted locations. Happy Hunting!!
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s most comprehensive databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science.