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Following on from my article, "What Are Orbs" I felt people might be interested in some practical suggestions for taking orb photos of your own.

Choose the Right Camera

According to Miceal Ledwith in "The Orb Project", orbs appear in the low infrared light range and so cameras which pick up this range will be the best ones for photographing orbs. Ledwith explains that expensive digital cameras often have what he refers to as "hot mirrors", which filter out these frequencies and this is why the cheaper digital cameras are ideal for orb photography. Ledwith however, has also experienced orbs appearing on film cameras, which are not sensitive to these frequencies and so there is not necessarily any hard and fast rule.

Personally, I have had positive results with orb photos from these three makes of digital camera: Canon Powershot SD500, Canon IXUS 70 and Panasonic Lumix but there will be countless others which would work similarly. It is likely that if you have an inexpensive digital camera, that it will pick up some low infrared. If you want to buy a new digital camera, Ledwith suggests a test for determining whether it can pick up low infrared. He explains that TV remote controls emit a near infrared or infrared beam. If you hold the camera in one hand and use the other one to point the remote into the lens of the camera and press some of its buttons, the screen on the back of the digital camera should show a constant or flashing "bloom of light". The bigger the flare of light, the better the camera will be at picking up the frequencies needed for effective orb photography.

Choose Your Time and Location

There are locations, weathers and times of day which may be more conducive to photographing orbs. For example, a popular time to photograph orbs is at night with a flash. It can also help if there is some moisture in the air. You may be tempted to suggest that photographing in the rain at night is bound to cause some circular shapes on your images, and this is true. Some of the raindrops will reflect the flash. However, when you have taken a series of shots, you will notice that raindrops are more oblong shaped, showing their downward movement and orbs appear round, have an orb fingerprint and may be coloured or sometimes moving upwards or to the right or left. To read about ionization and why orbs can appear more frequently in rainy, moist conditions, visit my article: What are Orbs?

While the ionization from moisture in the air is good for taking orb photos, taking photos on a dry night when it is very warm also seems to yield good results. It is best to choose a place of some special significance, whether it is a gathering of people celebrating such as at a festival or being in a special sacred place out in nature. Crop circles, stone circles and waterfalls are known for being good places to photograph orbs.

I have taken orb images without a flash during the daylight in places where nature is particularly abundant, such as a garden which is lovingly tended. The presence of a light source such as sunlight seems to be important when you are photographing orbs without a flash. Some sceptics might say that this is an indication that what you are photographing is merely lens flare. While it is true that you can often get lens flare when photographing towards a light source, it becomes easy to tell which images are lens flare and which are orbs. The orbs are located in different and organic places around the image, whereas lens flare follows a specific pattern, shape and size. You will get used to the specific type of lens flare your camera produces and it will become obvious to you when this is occurring.

Orbs can also be photographed indoors. The best indoor locations are where people are gathered and celebrating joyfully or where things of special significance are happening like ceremonies or healing sessions. Churches and shrines are places which have been known to be good locations for orb photography. Houses which have had people who meditate or practice healing in them and are peaceful places also often yield orb photos. I found that I photographed a messy room and after cleaning it photographed it clean. There were orbs in the image of the clean and clear room.

If you have been part of the audience during a concert where the performers have been particularly present and have given people a particularly good experience, photographing the room afterwards will often result in orb pictures.

Some people think of orbs as spirits or ghosts and go to places like graveyards to photograph them. I prefer not to approach orbs in this way myself. I would rather seek them out in light-hearted and joyful environments, where they seem to appear in abundance.

It is suggested that timings are also important. Some say photographing orbs is better around the full moon or at a significant time of the year like the Solstices or Equinoxes.

Attitude and Emotional State

As mentioned above, orbs seem to be attracted to joyful activity and are most frequently seen around people with a happy and peaceful energy, children who are happy or groups of people celebrating. The emotional state of the photographer also seems to be of key importance. I find that the more open-hearted and loving attitude the person taking the images has, the more likely orbs are to appear.


In my experience a big part of being able to photograph orbs is about having the conscious intent to do so. Whether you state this out loud or simply have the thought, orbs seem more likely to appear when you ask them to. When the intention to photograph orbs is infused with loving energy, the results are likely to be even better.

Be Persistent

Orbs may not appear in the first few images, but it is suggested by Miceal Ledwith that orbs appear more and more frequently in subsequent photographs and that this may be because the atmosphere has been excited by the frequency of the flash, or it may be that there has been enough time lapsed between the intention to photograph orbs and the appearance of them. If they do not appear in the first location you try, don't be disheartened. Try other places. Keep trying and eventually you will see orbs appearing in your photos. As mentioned before, the appearance of orbs sometimes seems related to what kind of energy field you are putting out at a given time. If you have a feeling within you of open-heartedness, then that will help.

There is no hard and fast rule about photographing orbs. They appear in so many varied situations. The best thing to do is start with an intention, a good and loving attitude and the right digital camera - and also importantly, have fun!