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Five Common Sense Ways to Spot a Fake Ghost Picture

In all the time I spend searching for real ghost pictures to post on our site, I have seen more fake ghost pictures than I care to remember. The thing that gets to me though is how blatantly fake most of these fake ghost pictures look.

For example, there are an increasingly large number of ghost pictures from primarily Asia featuring a female “ghost” who looks shamelessly like the ghost in “Ringu”, or “The Ring” for my fellow Americans. Now, maybe the makers of those films know something about the paranormal that I don’t, but I’m pretty sure every spirit from that region isn’t taking the same form.

Inspired by these, and the other laughable fake ghost pictures I’ve come across, as well as the poor gullible people I see falling for them, I’ve compiled a list of common sense checks I use when looking for real ghost pictures for our site. I’m not an expert on photography, and I’m not saying passing any of these benchmarks proves an image to be paranormal. However, hopefully they help you dismiss blatant frauds, giving you more time to spend on possibly real ghost pictures.

Five Common Sense Ways to Spot a Fake Ghost Picture: (In no particular order)

1. What is the source? This one should be the most obvious. Like anything else in life, can you trust where the picture is coming from? Doing a little research on sources can help stop hoaxers from wasting your time.

2. Does it look too good to be true? It probably is, you should have listened to your mother! With bootleg copies of powerful photo editing software being so easily available, you have to assume anything too clear or too perfect is fake.

3. Pay special attention to the shading/lighting angles. Most new photo editors don’t know how to match lighting and shadows. Does the sun appear to be shining on a “ghost” in an indoor picture? That’s an extreme example, but I’ve seen it.

4. Are there any other “glitches” in the photo? It has been my experience that most frauds are not made by skilled photo editors. There are usually scale issues, perspective issues, and a whole mess of other telltale traits when a picture has been tampered with.

5. Is your picture of an orb? It’s probably not paranormal. This may be a controversial stance, but in my opinion, there are just too many perfectly natural ways “orbs” can show up in a photo. I’ve heard they can be considered real if they emit their own light. Even this could be explained as ball lightning, etc. This is not to say people presenting orb pictures are trying to pull a fast one, they may be totally convinced its legit. It’s just such a grey area, and they tend to be naturally occurring so often, why waste the time?

Are Ghosts Real? A Scientific View Point

Are ghosts real? Is a question that many people will have asked themselves, through there life time. It is impossible to get a true figure on the number of actual ghost sightings, videos or ghost pictures out there. This is because of a couple of reasons; there is no major organization that deals with ghost sightings and a vast majority of people would not report having seen a ghost, for obvious reasons.

However we can still find vast quantities of material that supports the theory, ghosts are real. If you type in; Google, Yahoo or any other search engines the words; are ghosts real? You will receive tens of millions of results in different forms. Such has ghost stories, videos and millions upon millions of ghost pictures.

To say all this evidence is false, would be crazy. It is similar to the debate, on weather there is other planets in our universe, capable of supporting life. Its common knowledge that there is literally billions of planets orbiting stars like our Sun. A majority of scientists are now starting to believe in life on other planets. Saying the odds are massively in favour of life on other planets. While they are yet to prove this as fact, this is largely down to our technology.

This is the same with trying to prove either for or against the question are ghosts real. People catch ghost like images either on camera or video. But in many cases we are unable to prove these images or videos being true. This again is down to our technology. Giving the speed in which technology is advancing, it maybe just a matter of a decade or so until we have the resources to prove that ghosts are real or not. Until then, we will have to draw our own conclusions on the unfathomable question. Are ghosts real?