Orb Photography Tips

How to Take Orb Photos

  • What is the best technique for capturing a photo of an orb? Night shots are the easiest when you are just beginning because you have the contrast of a white or colored orb on a dark background. 
  • Make sure you have your flash on fill, your camera on auto focus and your battery fully charged. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of battery just when the orbs appear en masse.   
  • Most people have the best luck taking pictures outside. Start with your backyard. I find I get great shots both inside and outside my house. 
  • As a novice orb photographer, be prepared to take at least fifty shots each session. Review them when you are finished and delete the ones you don’t want. 
  • Be patient. Take ten in one direction then change your direction. Sometimes it is just a matter of aiming at the right spot and hundreds fill your frame.   
  • As you get better at capturing orbs in pictures, you may only need a few shots each time to capture good images. Chances are you will be so captivated by them; your hobby will turn into a full time passion.   
  • Remember: Night shots are easiest. 
  • Use a fill flash, auto focus and a fully charged battery.
  • Take at least five-ten shots in the same direction.
  • Listen to your intuition.
  • The best shots may be behind you.
  •  Zoom in to check for faces.
  • Review and delete unwanted pictures.  

Trust your “Orb Radar”

  • Orb Radar is the feeling you get when “they” are around. I imagine it may be different for each person, but I just get a sense or a nudge to grab my camera. It happens when I either feel their presence from a change in temperature, feel Goosebumps, or when a thought that orbs are near pops into my head. 
  • Learning to trust your intuition is easy. Goosebumps usually confirm my intuition. It just takes a bit of practice. Have you ever felt someone staring at you and you turn around and someone is there looking at you? You just confirmed what you were feeling. Have you thought of someone and the phone rings or you get a text message at that very moment from them? This is your intuition. It is a connection that we make on a vibrational level. 
  • Thoughts are things.  Once you have orbs on your mind, you have a great start at connecting with them. If you’re not sure exactly what to do, take pictures anyway, and when you get some with orbs, just start tuning into that moment and the excitement that you feel. Soon you will feel that “excitement” before you take pictures and that will help draw them to you.   
  • The angel picture above is the perfect example of “Orb Radar.” I was not in the mood to take orb pictures, but the lamp on my bar started to flicker. I seriously tried to ignore it, but the message was just too strong. Spirit was trying to tell me something. In order to get the feeling to stop, I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. The pink angle orb was the result.  

Lens Flare

  • Lens flare is the blight of orb photographers. Lens flare happens when you shoot into a light source such as the sun, moon, indoor or landscape lighting and windows or mirrors. I can’t tell you the disappointment I feel when I see an amazing photo only to realize upon closer inspection that the “orb” or “energy being” is caused by lens flare. 
  • Lens flare can manifest as rings, circles, starbursts, discs or “energy beings.” They may be in a row across the image, but are typically spread widely across the scene. You can have both orbs and lens flare in the same photo. 
  • They can be a series of colored “orbs” or a mixture of discs, blocks, tapered cones and rainbow colors. The location can change with the camera's movement with relation to light sources. 
  • The shape of the aperture also affects the formation of anomalies in the photographs.
  • These photos are exciting and fun and stimulate our imagination, but they are not “orbs, vortexes or energy beings.” They are lens flare.
  • Experiment with your camera in the daytime and shoot into and near the sun. (Do not look directly at the sun with your eyes.)Tip and tilt the camera to create as much lens flare as possible. Take pictures and discover the unique lens flare your camera creates. It will help you learn how to spot the difference between real orbs and their energy and false orbs and lens flare. 
  • Moonlight, landscape and indoor lighting, and glass or mirror reflections can also create false orbs. Be vigilant when it comes to orb pictures. When in doubt, rule it out or ask an expert.  

Orb "Eye"

  • In the photo above we an see orbs but also what appears to be a moving orb. Because it was exactly the same in both photos I knew that it was something other than an orb. Upon further inspection I discovered a piece of lint on the camera lens.
  • Once you learn how to recognize orbs, you will most likely begin to spot them in your old pictures. You now have the “orb eye.” With practice, you can develop the ability to spot false orbs and lens flare from real orbs. 
  • For the serious orb enthusiasts, spotting the difference between orbs, dust, moisture, false orbs and lens flare is very important. 
  • Because we are so excited to “see” orbs in our shots, we can mistake dust, moisture or lens flare as orbs. When in doubt, rule it out, or ask an expert.  

Don't Assume Before You Zoom

  • The photo above was taken after spirit woke me up in the middle of the night and insisted that I go outside and take orb photos. I was irritated at being awakened.  I quickly reviewed the photos and began deleting them when suddenly something caught my eye. You can see a normal orb in the upper left hand corner of the photo. The other "orb" with a round red core and white plasma surround looked like some sort of a vehicle. In my haste I could have accidentally deleted it. 
  • Always zoom in on your photos before deleting. Great things come in small packages. Use your “orb eye” and carefully examine your photos. 
  • Today’s digital cameras have very small viewing screens and you can easily miss a beautiful orb or a possible a face inside of it.  

Types of Cameras

  • Different cameras take different orb pictures. I used a Nikon Coolpix for the photos in my book. 
  • The higher end SLRs can use optics or “hot mirrors” that block the infrared light emitted by orbs. Interestingly enough, we are learning that it is our intention that creates the ability to take orb photos. So technically, we should be able to get them with any camera. Some cameras just make it easier. 

What I look for in a camera.

  • A good-sized viewing screen.
  • Touch screen zoom.
  • The shortest steps to delete pictures.
  • Shortest recovery time to next shot with flash.
  • Compact and easy to carry. 
  • Opens and is ready to shoot quickly.   

Orb Video

  • Cell phones can capture orb video and I have had great luck with my iPhone. 
  • It is important to turn the camera light to the ON position before shooting. 
  • Digital and Hi 8 video cameras can also be used with an infrared camera to capture orb video. It’s fun to see orbs in motion, although a little patience and persistence is required to capture some great orb video. I have also used infrared lights along with an infrared video camera to capture orb video. 
  • Remember to set your intention to make a connection with this consciousness before you start, have fun and enjoy yourself.