Searching For Ghosts - Introduction (PT 1 of 3)


In this installment, we should be ready to find out if there are ghosts nearby. First, we will need to put together a checklist of a few items that may be helpful in your search.

You won't be needing most of the equipment you may have seen on a paranormal reality show. in fact, you will most likely have the most essential pieces of equipment in your possession right now or can obtain some of them easily. To start with a basic paranormal investigation inside your home, here are the things you should have.

  • 1-3 co-investigators 
  • Flashlights
  • Cellphones for multiuse
  • Voice recorder (Cellphones will work) 
  • Digital camera (Cellphones will work)
  • Pen and paper

The above list isn't by any means limited. If you have other equipment like EMF meters or thermometers and know-how to use them and get accurate readings, and by all means feel free to use them. Here we are only focused on getting audio and photographic evidence of paranormal activity.

The time you will want to start is around 8 or 9 o'clock, and go to about 3-4 A.m. During this time, if there's anything in your home, you should get some sort of evidence of it.

Now, you and your small group of friends are in the house with the lights out, and ready to go. The first thing is to turn on all of your available equipment. 

If you are using K-2 meters and thermometers you should get a baseline readying before the investigation, so, if you later get abnormal readings you can have something to compare it to. 

How to Do An EVP Session

One of the most valid forms of paranormal evidence is electric voice phenomena or better known as an EVP. This is when a disembodied voice is recorded on a recording device but isn't heard during the time it was being recorded.

An EVP session is conducted by attempting to interact with a presumed spirit by asking questions while you record the responses if there are any. These responses won't be known until you review the recording and hear voices or other sounds that weren't heard during the session.  

When conducting an EVP session, it's important to not make much noise. You should designate only one person to ask questions, and remain as quiet as possible in the background.

You should have every device caple of recording audio recording during your EVP sessions, EVP's can be picked up one video as well as a recorder.

Ask questions that are friendly and non-threatening. Always give about 6-12 seconds in between questions. If there's something there with you, it will need a few seconds to a few minutes to answer.

Sometimes, during EVP sessions paranormal activity can be increased and the participants can begin to experience paranormal activity during the session. Avoid whispering during the investigation, whispers can be picked up by your recording equipment and could be falsely mistaken for an EVP during the evidence review process.

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Recording Video

You should be recording during the whole investigation. If possible set up stationary cameras in the most reported hot spots, if you are limited in the number of cameras you have, feel free to switch between handheld and stationary as the investigation progress.

The same techniques and methods used for EVP sessions can be applied to recording video as you will also be listening for any EVPs that may have been inadvertently captured while you were recording. It happens all the time. 

As we mentioned in part 1, we are only focusing on the audio and video recording aspects of the investigation, and not the countless other things it could take for a full-scale paranormal investigation.

Videos provide two functions during a paranormal investigation, 1) To capture evidence of paranormal activity, and 2) to document the investigation in general.   

To learn everything, it takes a few years. These basic paranormal investigation steps are designed for your own personal use. Those who are seriously interested in paranormal studies should further their knowledge by diving into the world of books. Lots of books. reading books not your thing? That's alright. you will find an unlimited amount of paranormal streaming content on most major platforms.

Photography

You may be aware that photography is responsible for several claimed evidence of paranormal activity. apparently, ghosts like to take pictures. You should take as many photos as possible during the investigation. Unlike how paranormal photography used to be in the '80s or 90s where you would have to wait for your photos to get developed, we now can check for signs of spirits in the photos immediately after taking them.
     

Document All Experiences

Along with documenting the investigation through cameras and recorders, be sure to write down any and all paranormal encounters that you or any of your co-investigators may have had during the investigation.  

Notes

  • Avoid whispering during the investigation (It could later be mistaken for an EVP)
  • You can also set up cameras to capture paranormal activity when you go to bed
  • Phones can be used for all four investigation techniques (video, audio, pictures, and writing notes)              
       

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