Don’t Believe Everything You Read Online.

For as long as there have been cameras, pictures of ghosts have swamped our newspapers, television programs, and over the internet.  Some of these pictures have been taken surprising the photographer, while others were maliciously made to trick you.   So how do you believe what’s real and what’s not?

In the early days of photography there have been popular pictures of apparitions such as “The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall”.   This particular photograph can be duplicated after a few tries by a mere smudge of Vaseline on the lens or perhaps double exposure. We may never know the true story behind the picture.

Other pictures thru the years were taken unexpectedly and found apparitions, orbs, streaks of light, and the list goes on.  Usually it’s caused by inexperience of the photographer on proper use of cameras. Allowing too much light or not enough in the camera, slow shutter speeds, and as simple as not using a tripod.  I urge you all to search our website for more information on this. It’s quite fascinating!

Today’s technology offers so much more to our photographs than we could ever thought was possible ten years ago.  There are so many apps and digital options on our iPhones and cameras that purposely allow you to fake pictures taken to look like ghost.

Fake ghosts are a lot more agreeable than real ones. You don’t have to worry that your fake ghost is going to go floating off through a wall, leaving nothing but a puddle of ecto-plasmic goo behind for you to slip in. Fake ghosts do what you tell them to do, because they’re fake. That makes photographing them infinitely more enjoyable, and a lot less scary. If ghosts actually exist,  do you think they are only found in cemeteries, basements and other spooky areas these pictures portray?  Why haven’t  we not gotten more pictures in amusement parks or other areas that are more of a happy setting?

Before you ooh and aah the pictures posted online getting thousands of hits, ask yourself if this picture has the settings to make you believe it could be faked and how could it have been done.  Ask someone more knowledgeable and credible to give you the right answer.


5 thoughts on “Don’t Believe Everything You Read Online.

  1. Some of the pictures on line are obviously fake! Some are really interesting. !!!! I never really believe them, unless I am the photographer,!
    People need to be more aware of their surroundings, remember what you are taking a picture of, who was with you, etc. People are too willing to jump to “it’s a ghost” making the jump far to quickly rather than thinking rationally first, and when all options are exhausted, say it is paranormal


  2. As someone who has given hundreds of historical-based ghost tours, we frequently capture light anomalies and the occassional inexplicable smudge. Is it a full-bodied apparition? Probably not. However, I have seen recurring themes at specific locations. For example, Mass Hall in Harvard Yard has an orange-colored hue to the so-called ghost photos. I don’t think people on our tour are intentionally trying to fake these photos. I just think they’re capturing inexplicable light anomalies that could be debunked with a trained eye.


    1. Sam I do agree, i don’t believe the people on the tour are faking. To an untrained eye unusual light and objects in a photo can easily be mistaken and that certainly isn’t the fault of an amateur photographer (especially one who is just out for an evening of ghostly fun) but unfortunately what happens is these folks post these photos on-line with an exciting story and they end up sensationalized (again nothing wrong with that either) and ultimately they land in the hands of people who do investigate more intently. It’s those folks that need to be careful. Whats happening is these “professionals” are seeing the anomalous photos, reading the excited stories and injecting a stamp of authenticity on them without ever examining a possible cause for the photographic affect. Other people looking to investigate on their own see the “authenticity stamp” of the pro’s and end up misinformed. It may not seem like a big deal, but when we encounter folks who would like an investigation, the less informed and misguided they are, the harder our job is to apply reasoning (had have it well received) to their situation.


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