Photography is one of the many forms used by paranormal investigators to try and capture evidence of spirits and ghosts. It is believed in the paranormal field that it is possible to capture the energy of a spirit on film or on a photo if the timing and environment is right. However it is very rare when it happens and there are a lot of things captured in photographs that get easily confused with evidence of a spirit.
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The first and most common object misunderstood for spirits are called 'orbs'. 'Orbs' are the round spheres of white or color that show up near people's heads in photographs or during night shots in cemeteries. Many people believe that these 'orbs' are balls of energy from a spirit that is trying to manifest itself in our world. In reality, almost all of these so-called 'orbs' can almost always be explained as natural phenomena and easily duplicated. In most cases an 'orb' is just a speck of dust, moisture, rain, mist, saliva, or a bug on the lens of the camera or in the air. The flash from the camera will reflect off of these objects and form an 'orb' in the photo. Even when these items aren't visible to the naked eye, they are there and visible to the camera's eye. The environment that most people take photographs in is always filled with particles and natural phenomena that can show up on film. Another common cause for 'orbs' in digital photography is the camera's need to understand everything it sees. When a takes a picture it uses something called pixels to fill in each tiny piece of the picture. If for some reason the camera can't understand a pixel it will fill it in with something that looks like an 'orb' in order to complete the full picture. Sometimes people even see a face in the 'orb' proving it must be a spirit. But actually this is also a natural phenomenon called 'matrixing'. Our brains automatically take things that have no real form and organize them into something we can recognize. It's sort of like looking at a cloud and thinking it looks like an animal or when we look at the moon and see the face of the 'man in the moon'.
Another common form of spirits in photographs is 'mists' or 'fogs'. Sometimes when people take a photograph a mysterious white 'fog' will show up in the picture that wasn't visible to the naked eye at the time. People mistake this for a ghost or spirit trying to form itself in front of you. This again is something that is easily explained and duplicated as something natural. Many