I often get asked why ourselves, and many other research teams investigate at night, or use night vision. Is it because it’s a “trend” in the paranormal world? Believe it or not, there is some science behind it…
Night vision cameras are used by many investigators over the world. Not only do they allow us to see in the dark, they also allow is to see a frequency range that the human eye, and standard cameras cannot see. It is a similar theory to electronic voice phenomena. Have you ever listened to your digital recorders only to discover that you have picked up voices and sounds that you didn’t hear at the time? This is because your digital recorder is picking up sounds on a different frequency that is unheard by the human ear.
One of my favourite tools to use on investigations is my full spectrum camera. Whereas night vision cameras are only sensitive to infra red light (hence the images appearing monochrome or with a green tint), full spectrum cameras can pick up a wider light frequency, ultraviolet through to infra-red.
If you are planning on using a full spectrum camera for your investigations, I highly recommend bringing plenty of IR and UV lights with you. Not only will you have the ability to capture these frequencies clearly, but you will be able to take photographs on a higher shutter speed to reduce any motion blur. Just be wary of having too many IR lights in the room, as this may prevent your camera from focusing and cause lens flare.
Your full spectrum camera will work just as well in the daytime. Investigations don’t always have to be carried out at night – unexplained occurrences can happen in the daytime too!
If you’re thinking of having your camera converted, I highly recommend Infraready!
Thanks for reading!