investigation, I always try to follow strict guidelines and
protocols to ensure that the findings are of the highest
quality. At all times accuracy has to be the first
Mistakes do occasionally happen during experiments and
investigations. So to cut back on the chance for error,
there must be a set protocol for procedures and conduct.
This helps to maintain the integrity of any findings and
decrease the percentage of error.
Also note - We
use a variety digital as well as non-digital equipment.
Although some have argued that one is better than the other,
I personally believe they are equally useful.
For most investigations, I try to break it down into four
I start with the interview process. This helps to
establish if an actual investigation is warranted.
2)If the witnesses are credible, or there is enough
historical evidence to back it up, the second step is the
3)Immediately following the investigation, it is
important to process the data collected. For me, one of
the first things I do is sit down and type out my findings
from my notes and put together a timeline for the
investigation. Little things are easily forgotten if they
are not put down immediately on paper.
4)The final step is to present the investigation
findings and discuss with other group members.
go alone to any investigation. There are several reasons for
this, but first and foremost is that there is no better
evidence for any occurrence than having credible witnesses
Personally, I feel it is important for the investigators to
follow these simple rules:
ask permission to investigate any area and never under any
respectful of other paranormal investigative groups as much
free - This includes cough suppressants, antihistamines and
prescription drugs that cause side effects as this may
affect judgment and ability to function properly
smoking tobacco products during or around an investigation.
I have seen several photos where smoke was mistaken for
drink alcoholic beverages before or during an investigation
check batteries prior to investigations and carry plenty of
spares as some paranormal activity drains batteries quickly
false readings make certain equipment is in proper working
order and that everyone involved knows how to properly use
for EMF leakage with EMF meter prior and during the
from taking photographs outside during bad weather - this
means during rain, any type of storms, mist, fog,
snow, wind (excess 35MPH), and/or dust
that all dust, spots, and fingerprints are removed from
camera lens before and during investigations
from taking pictures directly into any light source or
reflective surface as this causes lens flare
use fresh audio tapes for EVP recordings and fresh video
tapes for any video recordings. Digital recorders
old memory , before starting a new recording.
check your film negatives for confirmation of objects in
pictures. Use a magnifying glass and go over any film with
potential anomalies in it
opponents of paranormal investigation claim that simple
camera malfunctions may cause pictures to develop
distortedly. While this very well could happen, some
pictures are taken under perfect conditions and still show
evidence of the paranormal.
Do not jump to conclusions, however. Always be sure a
picture was taken under the correct conditions before
assuming it is evidence of paranormal activity. Always take
several pictures to be sure.
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