Photographic Protocol

Photographic Protocol


Photography is used to capture activity which may be of a paranormal nature during an investigation; to record investigational components or experiments; to capture specific phenomena or cause for purposes of validation.


For digital photography: digital camera 3.0 megapixel or better, batteries and at least 3 sets of spare batteries, memory card
For film photography: 35MM camera,  film, batteries and at least 3 sets of spare batteries


To take a picture – be in a comfortable position; hold your camera in such a way that your fingers, clothing and camera strap are away from the lens and flash; take a breath in and hold; depress the shutter button to take the picture.

Each investigative team should have at least one photographer/digital camera. A photograph set (photo and control) should be taken immediately upon entering the specified location. The designated photographer should take successive photos of the entire area with control shots. Pictures should be taken frequently throughout an investigation and should capture an entire area, all investigators present. Photographs should be taken anytime an unusual reading is captured from another piece of equipment or an investigator reports a personal experience, or paranormal activity occurs, or because the photographer is feeling like s/he should. Digital or Film cameras may be used with neither having preference.

Cameras which are able to capture date and time information are to be synchronized with all other time devices in the investigation including watches, video cameras, temperature devices, etc.

Cameras which make sound: Sound effects should be turned off.

Cameras with automatic red eye reduction feature: This should be turned off.

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