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- Digital Video Recorder: With excellent sound quality and a good static free external shotgun microphone to go along with the camera. This allows a good DVR to function as a digital audio recorder also.
- Digital Still Camera: The higher the resolution the more you will be able to zoom in later on when you are analyzing your photos in Photoshop. Don't forget the camera bag and tripod.
- Digital Image Editing Program: Sometimes by adjusting contrast, shadows, highlights or colors, you can find anomalies in a photo you did not know were there. Photoshop can give your video the same treatment with the color correction tools as in a Video Editing Program like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.
- 35mm FILM Camera: Experienced ghost hunters will tell you that a traditional 35mm camera, especially with black and white film often catches images that do not show up on even the best digital cameras.
- DVR, Cameras and Monitor: Complete DVR surveillance system with at least 4 to 8 cameras, monitor and all necessary cabling. Be sure to have masking tape on hand to tape down all the cabling for safety.
- Night Vision Equipment: Night vision scopes with adapters that you can use to attach to video recorders and cameras so you can shoot in near total darkness, and a laser grid scope.
- Analog Tape Recorder: Magnetic tape recorders are quickly headed for obsolescence, but they also record sound differently than modern digital audio recorders. You should be getting digital audio through your DVR, so this gives you a valuable double check for any anomalies you encounter. Spirit voices sometimes are recorded on magnetic audio tapes even when humans hear no sounds. This phenomena is known as EVP, Electronic Voice Phenomena. Be sure and use new tapes, because the tiny scratches from rewinding and playing tapes make it much more difficult to pick out very faint noises.
- Flash Lights: The modern LED flashlight has a longer battery life, the LED bulbs are almost unbreakable, and they often allow for different colors of light and intensity. However, no matter how good your primary flashlight is every other team member should carry a back up light.
- EMF Detector: EMF Detectors pick up electronic fields at a variety of frequencies, and usually where there are spirits there are disruptions in the electronic magnetic field. This is one piece of equipment that every ghost hunting expedition should have.
- Compass: Besides for navigation, they are a low tech back up for your EMF gear. A compass reacts to changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and since it is your backup do not buy an electronic compass. A glow in the dark needle is nice.
- GPS: You can use GPS to record the exact time and location of each paranormal incident as a way point, also some outdoor GPS’s are loaded with extra features like altimeters and thermometers.
- Thermometers: A good thermometer can detect changes in the air temperature, but your ghost hunting team should carry both a traditional mercury thermometer and a digital thermometer to ensure a good backup.
- Barometers: Follow the same logic as with thermometers and have both a traditional and electronic.
- Infrared Thermal Scanner: Allows you to see changes in temperature from across a room or field.
- Air Ion Counter: These are expensive, but useful. They measure positive and negative ions in the air and often provide additional evidence to support thermometers and barometers.
- Walkie-Talkie: Always useful, but try to get one that is hands free, preferably with headsets. Today, you can actually link a team together through conference call on cell phone if everyone has the minutes.
- Spot Light: You can get a 200,000 candle power light for about $30.00, but they do tend to eat batteries.
- Motion Detectors: These can really give you a heads up and they are not expensive.
- Miscellaneous Supplies: Try to carry extra batteries for everything, and a small tool kit containing pliars and various screw drivers, as well as, masking tape and scissors will always come in handy.
- Matches and Candle: Just for back up.
- Watches: Each team member should have a watch and they should all be synchronized with the other members watches and time codes on the camera equipment. Sometimes this is the most challenging part of a hunt.
- Notepad and Pen: They don’t run out of batteries and they are cheap, and you can record a written log. It’s a good idea to have a secretary recording the time and description of events as you go, because this represents the closest you can get to human memories, without the filter of technology.
- First Aid Kit: In case of emergencies.
Using the proper Ghost Hunting Equipment is the key to any successful Ghost Hunt and below is a list of the most commonly used ghost hunting tools as well as information on advanced Ghost Hunting techniques including remote multi-camera recording setups. If you are interested in the paranormal and are serious about learning how to ghost hunt, all of these pieces of equipment can be purchased on this site. Even if you are not looking to buy anything right now, feel free to browse through the stores or purchase gift certificates for the ghost hunter in your life.
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