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Smartphone Ghost Producing Apps
Pranksters using smartphones to produce ghosts
By Rick Loe

The smartphone is a great advancement in technology. With it, you can schedule your day, surf the Smartphone App Ghost sampleinternet, listen to music, take pictures, call AAA when you've broken down, and so much more. It's truly changed the way we communicate in so many different ways.

Many of these phones have camera's built right into the phone allowing people to take on-the-spot pictures without having to fumble for their camera. Software, or "Apps" as they're often called when used on smartphones, allow the images to be cleaned up and altered in ways to help improve the overall look of the picture. Tweak the color, add a border, even convert them to HDR images. Unfortunately for investigators, Apps have been created to inject ghost-like looking entities into pictures. This is great fun for the photographer looking to trick their friends, but once those images are submitted to a ghost investigator, it leads to a waste of time as the investigator attempts to research and prove the validity of the image.

How can you decide which images have been modified to include paranormal activity? While reviewing images, keep these important points in mind:

1. Was the image taken with a smartphone? If it was taken with a smartphone, then it should raise flags that the image has possibly been manipulated. Of course, people have been modifying pictures for years (or "photoshopping"), so the idea isn't anything new. But with so many smartphones out there, and $0.99 software, it does change the number of people who have access to such techniques.

2. Does the paranormal item "fit" with the rest of the picture? Look for technical clues such as:

a. Lighting. Does the location of lights in the image correlate between the other subjects and the paranormal item? The lighting and brightness of the contents of the image should match. For example, if a living subject has the sun shining on their left shoulder, the paranormal object should have something similar on their left side.

b. Coloring. Is the photo itself in color? Is the paranormal subject in color also? If they don't match, then something is probably wrong. An entity isn't going to care about switching it's color off to just so it can appear different in a photo. The sample photo at the top of this article shows a color photo with a ghost girl who appears in black and white. There's no good reason for this type of change.

c. Quality of Image. Is the main portion of the image clear and easily seen, while the paranormal entity is grainy or appears to have been taken with a different camera? Zoom in and inspect the pixels of the paranormal item as well as the rest of the picture to determine if they match.

d. Border of Entity. Does the edge of the entity coincide with that of the image? Again, zoom in and inspect the border edges of the entity to see if seems to naturally blend with the rest of the photo.Entitiy Placement Sample

e. Placement of the Entity. Is the paranormal entity located in a natural position in the picture? Does the entity seem "scaled" to the rest of the room? Many faked photos are produced by individuals who do not have an understanding of scale and positioning.

3. Does the paranormal item "fit" the scene? Does it seem like it should be in the picture, or is it out of place? Ask yourself why an entity would be in this scene in this picture. There should be some connection between the paranormal item and the environment or subjects. Some extreme examples would be:

a. An image of a family posing in front of a field of flowers, with a "ghost dog" snarling at them from the side.

b. An image of a new born baby in modern hospital, with a "ghost girl" standing next to her dressed in Victorian era clothing.

4. What is the stature of the paranormal item? Paranormal entities typically don't pose to have their pictures taken. Of course, they have free will and can do as they please, but normally they'll be more interested in the subject of the photo rather than making an appearance in a photo. If the paranormal item is facing straight-on toward the camera, then that should definitely raise a flag that the image has been modified.

5. If the entity is an "orb", is it self-illuminated? Nearly 100% of the images we receive include images of orbs. Most are caused by naturally occurring effects such as humidity, insects, dust, etc. Smartphone apps have the ability to create simulated orbs, so check for some type of glowing effect. Paranormal orbs tend to have a self-illuminated internal light.

The sample image to the right includes a self-illuminated orb.

If you're interested in learning more about the Smartphone software which is able to produce fake entities, search for items such as "Ghost Capture App" or "Smartphone Ghost" using your favorite search engine.

Remember: If a paranormal picture is too good to be true, then it probably has been faked.

Rick Loe is the Founder and Director of the Pensacola Paranormal Society located in Pensacola, FL. Rick reviews hundreds of images per month and assists user's with their paranormal problems. Rick can be contacted at rick@pensacolaparanormalsociety.com.

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