Investigations is the first to introduce digital stereo (3D)
photography into the field of paranormal research. We have developed
proprietary equipment in both standard and Infrared applications.
August 15, 2009 marked the beginning of our research as we
utilized the system at a public investigation.
The basic concept for
producing 3D images is simple. We see in 3D because we have two
eyes. The brain combines these two separate images captured by your
eyes and interprets them as a single image with depth perception. We
also capture two images simultaneously with a camera or cameras to produce this effect. The
finished images can be viewed in the anaglyph format (red/blue
glasses) or as a stereo pair for visual analysis for the simplist
methods. We can shoot short
There are several advantages
to this system:
Capturing two images at
exactly the same moment provides redundancy. It will help confirm or
rule out anomalies that occur within the field of view. If it appears
in both pictures you may be able to rule out, for instance, lens
artifacts or a camera malfunction. Also, a reflection or pattern that
may be matrixed into a possible paranormal ‘hit’ can look different
from the slightly different angles that the images are captured from,
thereby ruling it out.
A stereo image can help assess
how far from the camera objects appear. Here is where this system will
disprove ‘orbs’. Since two images are captured with a
small separation between, any object, such as a piece of dust floating
by within a few inches of the camera rig, will only be captured in one image, not both. Any object appearing orb like
can be assessed for distance and should be within an inch or two of the
lens; the hot area for the flash or IR illuminator.
If an object is captured
further away, it would appear to be at the same distance as lets say,
a chair sitting in a room. In theory then, you can rule in
whether an anomaly that is actually present in the room is not an
artifact, dust, moisture or an insect.
This system will also be useful in
researching paranormal imprinting; anomaly written directly to
the camera’s memory. Just like the EVP theory that sounds are imprinted on electronic
media or magnetic tape. A clear image may appear in one camera but not
the other. Without the advantage of simultaneous image capture, you
may consider the single image as proof that there was something
physically in the room with you. If it were actually there, it would be in both
images. We have no evidence thus far that imprinting is a
More recently digital stereo
cameras have come out on the market. You only need to search the
web to find offerings from several manufacturers. Although a dual
camera system offers advantages as stated above, a single dual lens
camera offers convenience and more portability. We have tested a
few and they all do produce 3D images and rule out orbs, but some are
better than others. They also have the ability to display pictures on
a 3D TV and several different formats. Many are inexpensive and worthy
of experiementation or possible conversion to IR or full spectrum. We
routinely use the Fujifilm W3 to document the locations we visit. We
have found the less expensive ones do have some limitations. 3D
photography is gaining interest and more devices will be available;
there is even a 3D camera phone.
We will continue our research over
the next few years by compiling images.
We will also ask for independent analysis of the more interesting
photos as we collect them.