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Capturing Ghostly Movements At Night

Ever wanted to capture a ghost in you photo but never had? Here’s a tip how, so read on!

Photo by walasiteodito

To tell you honestly, I have never really captured a real ghost in any of my photos, sorry! What I will teach you is how to take ‘ghost-like movements’ in your photographs! It’s very easy!

What do I need?

1. Your camera of choice (must have bulb mode, in this set i used my Lubitel 166B)
2. Tripod
3. 100 or 200 ISO film (but you can use higher sensitivity films too, in this set used Kodak Ultracolor 100)
4. Cable release (not necessary, but a big help)
5. Courage

Where will I shoot?

What you need to do basically, is to shoot night scenes with many moving people. Find a spot where the scene is not so brightly lit, let’s say that it must be only at EV3 or 2. That spot also has to be with many moving people (or at least one). A tip for better location is to avoid spots where cars pass, because light streaks by passing cars lessen the ghostly feel of the photos.

How do I shoot the ghostly movements?

1. Set up your tripod and camera. Make sure that there is almost zero possibility of passing cars in your frame. My tip is to stay on a spot where you are hidden, because sometimes people tend to get shy and move away from the frame when they see you shooting.
2. Set your aperture to f/8 or f5.6. Not too big and not too small. And put on the shutter cable release if you have, it will help lessen camera shakes.
3. Wait for the right moment to click the shutter button. The right moment is when there are moving people in your frame. They will be the “ghost-like movements” that will appear in your photo. Another tip, remember that people in light colored clothes will come out better than people in darker clothes.
4. Click the shutter button for 20-30 seconds depending on what you like, experiment and you will learn on how long you need to expose the frame.

The result:

The movements of the people in your picture will be captured, but only a little, it will appear like ghosts moving in your photo, because of the motion blurs and also because they will be exposed for a shorter period of time than the non-moving objects in the scene.

Photo by walasiteodito

Additional tips:

Try to experiment on the exposure, use higher ISO films, press the shutter at a shorter period of time, use bigger or smaller apertures. And if you want your photo to be a bit foggy, be crazy enough to pull it out on the canister in a very dark room, the very dim lights will put foggy effects on your photo. Just be brave and shoot, and you will sure get a good ghostly shot! Hope you learned from my tipster and LOMO ON!

written by walasiteodito

5 comments

  1. iamtheju

    iamtheju

    Orly? No photos of real ghosts?! How odd.
    I'm going to take some photos of ghosts next week after my upcoming photoshoot with God. Lol, just messing.
    I love this effect and I've done a few similar long exposures. I need to be a little more brave, as you said. I'll have a go with some 100/200iso film next time.

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  2. iamtheju

    iamtheju

    Orly? No photos of real ghosts?! How odd.
    I'm going to take some photos of ghosts next week after my upcoming photoshoot with God. Lol, just messing.
    I love this effect and I've done a few similar long exposures. I need to be a little more brave, as you said. I'll have a go with some 100/200iso film next time.

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  3. walasiteodito

    walasiteodito

    @iamtheju lol haha i like that photoshoot with god haha. i'll have photoshoot with santa for his upcoming presscon haha! I will try at ISO 200 next time but it's a bit hard to find an ISO 200 color neg film for my Lubitel166B.

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  4. rhysbm

    rhysbm

    Very good tipster, inventive and original! I'm going to try this out with my holga soon, thank you so much! :) :)

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  5. ilibingangmgasakim

    ilibingangmgasakim

    marikina!!! haha
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