Which Orbs In Photos Are Real?

The Great Debate About Orbs

There has always been a debate in the field about whether or not orbs are simply a photographic fluke, or something paranormal. And if they do exist, what are they exactly? I do believe some orbs are more than just dust or humidity.  Roughly five to ten percent of photos have something that is more than bugs, dust, or humidity. My theory is that if orbs are the energy of the spirits, that energy is always there. However, it is invisible to the naked eye, just like electricity. Of course, you cannot photograph electricity unless it is reacting with something else, such as a lightbulb or neon sign. And if you are truly lucky, lightning. What if orbs are just energy reacting with the environment around them, and we happen to be lucky enough to catch it in a photograph?   

Over the last decade of researching, I have taken thousands of photos at locations. Having that experience, you start to become familiar with what is dust, humidity, and more easily, bugs. Genuine orbs tend to stick out in photographs. They are more defined, almost appearing to emit a light source of their own. They are nearly perfect spheres, and not opaque. I’ll show you a few examples of which is which. 

Dust In Photos

Dust in photos tends to be easily definable. Orbs caused by dust come in clusters, and when appearing in videos, are relatively transparent. They do not have much detail inside of them, and almost never contain more than one color. They tend to look like bubbles rather than anything emitting a light source. In videos, dust particles will all flow in the same direction and at the same speed. While there is always dust in the air, two things can increase dust content in the air. The first is moving a lot of equipment and shifting furniture around a location. The second reason, as is with the photos below, is having large groups at outdoor locations. These photos were taken at a cemetery with mostly dirt paths, and about a hundred people attended. That foot traffic will stir up quite a bit more dust compared to a smaller group.

While the above photos have objects that do appear to be orbs, they don’t emit their own light, only reflecting it faintly back to the camera. Dust orbs also tend to have a faint outer ring to the orb, with a solid color inside that looks like static. True orbs will also have an outer ring. but it is much more bright, and an equally if not brighter middle.

Bugs In Photos

Bugs in photos are easier to tell. They will appear as bright smears with irregular shapes, and sometimes even wings brightly lit by a camera flash. Most lights that appear to be rods, or long trails I pass off in photos as bugs, due to the fact that they are moving so quickly. The rapid movement, especially if they have large wings, can create blurred objects that may appear paranormal in nature, but are not.

Genuine Orbs

True ghost orbs have unique qualities that, while dust and bug orbs can have them, they will not have all of them. True orbs will have a glowing edge, almost appearing to have an internal source that glows rather than simply reflecting light. They have brighter colors, including yellows and blues as shown below, and sometimes reds. The outer edge you can sometimes see small rays of light extending from the outer ring. Some will even have shadows to the edge, appearing to be more three dimensional in shape compared to dust orbs.

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When analyzing your photos for which are potentially genuine orbs, remember to look for the following details:

  • Edges that appear to glow, and possibly have rays of light
  • Bright colors that almost appear textured
  • Shadows around the edge suggesting three-dimensional shapes

If you have any further questions about orbs or your photos that you would like an opinion on, email them to Sean@SeanParadis.com or comment below! 

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