When you go over all of the material you collected during your investigation your first objective is to throughout any explainable evidence. Debunking is how most ghost hunters separate paranormal from natural occurrences.
The Great Orb Debate: is it dust or is it energy?
Over 90% of “ghost” pictures that have white orb-like shapes in them are not paranormal in origin. They are mostly reflections of dust, bugs or lights. They can be caused by moisture in the air, rain drops, fog, or anything lingering in the wind. The rule of thumb in determining if you possibly have a true orb is to look for brightness. The brighter an orb is the more likely it is abnormal. Orbs in groups or several in one photo are most than likely dust. If your orb is very bright and seems to have an aura around it is possibly genuine.Orbs that look like they have a tail, similar to a comet, are usually deemed paranormal. If your orb meets those standards and you have other evidence to back it up, you’ve probably got something paranormal.
Technology has also made fake ghost pictures easy to achieve. Photo shop programs allow you to distort, add and texture photos. Also, the shutter close time can manipulate the image. In some cases it leads to overexposure, transparency, splotches and lines in a photo.
When you have mist in the photo you need to rule out any possible smoke from fires, cigarettes, candles or incense that might have been burning in the area where you took the picture. Maybe it was a glare from a nearby object. These are the things you need to ask about the photo before you decide if they are paranormal or coincidence.
Checking your audio will be easy if you document any noises you hear throughout the investigation on paper or your recorder. Having everyone introduce themselves before the investigation begins allows you to have base vocals of the team to compare to any unusual sounds on the recording. Then, if all else fails, ask your team members where they were and what they were doingat the time of the recording. If the sound or voice can’t be explained, you just might have caught and EVP!
When you think you see something on a video you should examine all the possibilities.Could it be someone’s shadow, a reflection of the wall or mirror, someone tampering with the surroundings or is it unexplainable but not exactly paranormal either. Going back to the site to rule out tampering is essential in some cases where things appear to move by themselves. Knowing where all team members are located while taking video helps rule out a misplaced person. Find out if the room has optical illusions like small halls, rounded ceilings
and structural features that could cause the effect on the video. Most unusual activity can be ruled out by doing these debunking techniques.