Knowing how to tell if orbs are real or only tricks of light is a crucial skill of the budding orb hunter.
There is an entire subculture of dedicated people that spend their free time hunting down these spirits in their visible form.
But even these people say that such sightings are rare and that most “spirits” in photographs are factors that are decidedly less spiritual.
So if you are out orb hunting, or commonly come across them when you are out and about, learn how to tell if they are genuine before your next sighting by reading our guide to spotting them.
Most people who report sightings of these balls of light have only seen them once they look over photographs they have taken.
Therefore, it is an important skill to be able to discern the genuine from the fake in pictures.
The best way to know is to get some experience with your camera.
Cameras are not the same as human eyes; therefore, some things show up on camera that won’t appear to the naked eye.
It is the justification for some orbs only being visible in photographs.
However, this also means that cameras can make normal things look supernatural.
For instance, moths and other flying bugs can appear orb-like on camera, as can particles of dust and heavy rain.
Even pollen from trees and plants can cause this kind of camera trick.
Use your camera to test out these situations. Doing so will give you a better idea of what these tricks of light look like so that you aren’t fooled by them later on.
Also, don’t forget to turn off your flash! Reflective surfaces can produce fakes that look quite convincing.
Signs That An Orb Is Real
So you have avoided the common pitfalls of the inexperienced orb hunter by learning how to use your camera correctly.
Now you need to learn how to spot the real deal.
If any of the following is true about your sighting, then the orb is very likely to be real:
- You see it with your naked eye.
- It emits its own light, especially if it is pulsating.
- It moves deliberately, rather than the random flight of an insect or the floating of a dust particle.
- It is on its own. Most artifacts produce multiple orb features, so a singular one is more likely to be real.
- It leaves a contrail of light behind it. Not good enough of a sign on its own, as insects can also leave contrails if they are moving quickly enough and your camera is not very good.
The more of these signs you can spot, the more likely you have seen a real spirit in orb form.
Most of all, the best way you can improve your ability to tell a spirit from a trick of the light is by taking lots and lots of photographs.
By obtaining a collection of real and fake ones, you will start to learn intuitively how to separate them.