When attempting psychic photography you should load the film into the camera about 20 minutes after your arrival to the investigation site, this will show the intention you have and by this recognition draw spirits to you. When taking pictures it is also wise to say flash. The most opportune time for you will be when you have the feeling something is near you or watching you, you will know that feeling.
While photographing at the site you should try to avoid any unnecessary focus points that might have lights, reflective surfaces, poles or any other obstruction that will interfere with evaluation or determination of the photograph and its elements. All photographs should be catalogued with the corresponding negative for archival storage.
If you are more experienced photographer you may want to try infrared film. We have seen results from Polaroid and digital cameras but we suggest you only use these along with a 35 mm camera so you can compare the results. We have used Kodak film primarily but have also used Fuji and a department store brand with similar results. When you develop them you don't need to go to a camera shop, the local drug store or department store is fine. Let them know you want all the pictures developed so that you get the pictures that they might think are bad ones. These "bad ones" are normally your best ectoplasm mist photos.
Video cameras are an important instrument for an investigation. Unlike still cameras they provide us with constant visual and audio surveillance for review and observation. Unfortunately video cameras do not have the success rate of taken psychic photos that a still camera had, but it still had its advantages. With video any phenomena occurring can be documented in its entirety. This will show the length of time the phenomena occurs, what is happening, the conditions surrounding the phenomena, and possibly even the cause of the phenomena.
When setting up the video camera place it in an area that has an unobstructed view of the whole area being investigated but not in the way of the investigators, an entrance, or an exit. When videoing state the location, time, investigators names, and weather conditions. It is extremely important to state any obstruction in the focus point of the video camera that may be perceived during review as an anomaly, such as a light source for example. Do not use any external light source when videoing. Most video cameras are low lux or have a night shot setting on them, if so, use that setting. When reviewing the tape, be sure to mark down all the times a phenomenon occurs.
Tape recorders are with out a doubt one of the most important pieces of equipment that you should have in you investigators toolbox. Tape recorders are used for many different purposes throughout an investigation. Recorders are used for interviews, spontaneous thoughts, and electronic voice phenomena (EVP).
When using tape recorders be sure to state the location, time of investigation, and investigators names. When recording investigators names it would be wise to have each individual present state their own names, which will make it easier for distinction amongst voices heard on the tape during review. Voice activation mode should be deactivated during use when electronic voice phenomena is trying to be achieved due to the fact that it usually cuts off beginnings of words, sentences, and phrases. If the recorder comes equipped with a tape counter record the locations on the tape where any audible phenomena is being heard during review.
The Electromagnetic Field Detector, also known as an EMF, is the modern day ghost researcher's tracking device, a very important piece of equipment. With this instrument it is possible to locate and track energy sources.
Before using the EMF as a ghost research tool on an investigation be sure to walk around the area and take readings around energy sources such as light poles or electrical outlets to be sure of the readings you receive while scanning the area during the investigation
When using the EMF as a tracking device look for fluctuations of 2.0 to 7.0, this usually indicates possible spirit presence. Anything higher or lower is normally has a natural source.
Parabolic microphones are an advantage to have when ghost hunting. These microphones amplify sounds that are a great distance away or below your range of hearing. When used with a tape recorder this will increase the chances of recording electronic voice phenomena.
Thermometers are an inexpensive instrument that no ghost hunter should be without. When used on an investigation this will aid as a detection system for spirit presence. Rapid temperature drop will indicate possible spirit presence.
The compass is a useful instrument to an investigator due to its compact size and low cost price. When used on an investigation this will indicate possible spirit presence when the needle cannot come to a precise heading or spins/moves erratically.
Motion Detectors can be used to sense movements by often-unseen forces or spirits. You can get battery operated ones and they are great for inside but we have seen them used successfully outdoors as well, just watch the placement. You don't want a tree branch setting it off.
2-way radios are a good communication system for an investigation team. Often the investigators tend to split up and this will allow quick and clear communication to avoid searching and yelling.
Flashlights are a must for any investigator. In most investigations this will be the only light source you will have. When using the flashlight, if possible, the investigator should have a red filter fitted to the lens. This will still provide clear vision but tint the light keeping your presence unknown to deter detection from the public.
The serious ghost researcher knows that the most valuable tool for their investigators toolbox is plenty of extras. The toolbox should include extra batteries, extra flashlight bulbs, extra tapes, extra film, etc.
When on an investigation you want to be well prepared. You do not want to have that once in a lifetime opportunity such as a full body apparition to float on by because your batteries were drained or you did not have enough film. In this field there is never enough when it comes to equipment. Remember to bring spare batteries for everything, batteries often run down very fast.