Long Exposure Photography – Haunting

People have believed in ghosts for thousands of year and today 34% of Brits believe in them and 9% believe they have spoken to the apparitions, according to YouGov.

A ‘ghost’ was allegedly first captured in a photo in the 1860s by William Mumler. It was eventually deduced that he would put an image on glass of the ghost in the camera when taking a photo. It was even alleged that he broke into grieving relative’s houses to steal pictures of their late loved ones to use….

As cameras became more popular and wide-spread so to did these images. To take a photo at that time would take a good few minutes of someone standing still a.k.a long exposure. If another person or object were to enter the frame for less time, this would render them a bit see-through or ghostly in the photo.

Using a modern camera you need to set up a long shutter speed (a few seconds) and have relatively dim light. Whatever you want to be shown in full should stand still for the duration (say 20 seconds) and your spooky visit should appear and be still for about half of that time.

You can see a ghostly me dressed as a pilot haunting poor unsuspecting Matt in front of an aeroplane at the Science Museum in the featured image. The more fun you can have with costume and backdrop the better!

I love this picture of Matt and I as it so different to other photos, and starts conversations about so many things from the location of the photo to the paranormal in general.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex says:

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  2. Wow, I love those photos. So mystical.


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