How to Make a Ghost Appear in a Photo

by Johnny Kilhefner Google
Making a ghost appear in a photo without the use of camera tricks takes effort.

Making a ghost appear in a photo without the use of camera tricks takes effort.

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If you are a believer in ghosts (and you probably wouldn't be reading this if you weren't), then you might want evidence, so others can share your view. However, coaxing a ghost to come out for a picture is quite different than taking a picture of your alive friends. It takes patience if you want a true photo of a ghost and not a cheap parlor trick due to camera flare-back. 

Background Images

Take photos with extensive background images (trees, buildings, etc.). These images give the photo the best possible light reflection for capturing anomalies.


Talk to the spirits around you to coax them out. Walk around your photography site for about 15 minutes and clear your head and think only good thoughts. After walking around for 15 minutes, begin speaking to the spirits in the area. Introduce yourself to them and explain your purpose in the area. Let them know that you are friendly and are not in the area to do them any harm. Ask them if they would please come out for a photo or two and politely thank them. 

Camera Focus

Focus your camera lens in the area of 2 to 10 feet above the ground. Randomly take pictures above your head and behind your back to capture floating and stalking ghosts. Follow your intuitions and inclinations when taking pictures of ghosts. If you have a feeling to suddenly whirl around and snap a photo in a completely random direction, do it. 


Photograph people in your photos, as ghosts are likely to follow around the people in your group. Take pictures of fellow ghost photographers in your group, as well.

About the Author

Johnny Kilhefner is a writer with a focus on technology, design and marketing. Writing for more than five years, he has contributed to Writer's Weekly, PopMatters, Bridged Design and APMP, among many other outlets.

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