The Way forward for Paranormal Images: What’s the ‘Sutera Course of’?

Naturally as soon as paranormal investigating took me by storm and I joined the Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations- TSPI the incorporation of my love of pictures quickly adopted and I set sail into uncharted waters into the world of paranormal pictures. This led me to develop a mystical photographing method referred to as The Sutera Course of. Images usually has been a ardour of mine because the mid-nineties stemming again to my Excessive College Days taking pictures courses with guide SLR cameras. These had been the times if you needed to roll your individual movie and course of it your self in a darkish room with an enlarger and chemical compounds. Subsequently when the digital age of cameras got here to fruition and enhancing software program started to dominate the business my ardour  for pictures went with it.  Beginning with level and shoot digital cameras and now by no means leaving house with out my DSLR  outfitted with a handful of lenses and instruments. 

The ‘Sutera Course of’ Defined

If you find yourself within the paranormal investigation enterprise purchasers generally current us with completely different items of proof they’ve collected to assist their claims of paranormal exercise. When pictures are amongst these items they’re typically only a snapshot that they discovered to be irregular. I saved discovering myself all the time wishing I may have extra pictures to view or  wanting extra particulars as to what  performed out throughout that scene captured in that second in time.  This finally led me to the trail of refining how I took my pictures throughout TSPI’s investigations. Since we’re within the period of incorporating logic and a scientific strategy of kinds to our current paranormal investigating it was vital to me to see ghost pictures push in that course as nicely.  The consequence…the ‘Sutera Course of’ ! 

Do not Transfer!

Motion can create blur which can distort the pictures you are taking. Utilizing a tripod or a sturdy desk will get rid of movement attributable to physique motion which could also be mistaken for proof. 

What Lighting to Use

orbs Do Not Use Your Flash! A lightweight from a flash could bounce off a plethora of reflective surfaces and create the phantasm of an anomaly.  These illusions could possibly be attributable to something from glass to bugs to droplets of moisture…. these could cause these orbs everybody talks about in addition to different eye trickery! Even within the second with such a vibrant gentle from a flash we’re almost certainly not going to look at such reflections with our bare eye because it goes off.  

Stationary gentle or pure gentle like from a full moon must be utilized as a substitute. This provides the investigator ample time to look at any shadows or reflections within the scene that may be debunked as pareidolia instantly.


In any scientific experiment there needs to be a component of management. We’re not in a lab so we will not do this 100% however we will attempt to management our variables. We now have some say as to what occurs as we shoot and may ensure that we don’t let these variables change. Take discover of any gentle air pollution within the room. Are there automobiles driving by or investigators with flashlights altering the lighting within the scene? Have anybody current stand utterly nonetheless in order that their shadows don’t create false positives.  Now you’ve gotten a extra managed setting to work with.

Digicam Settings

Simply earlier than you might be able to take your paranormal pictures modify your digicam to the proper setting. For me since I’m working with skilled tools my settings change relying on the place I’m. Do not fret although these methods might be achieved fairly simply with some extent and shoot digital digicam. Put your digicam on the automated setting with the flash off and your digicam will set your f-stop and shutter speeds for you in keeping with the quantity of sunshine in your shot.


Taking your photographs

 A video consists of many frames strung collectively to create a shifting picture so use that concept within the area in your ghost hunts! Take a succession of 5 or 6 pictures in order that when it comes time for proof evaluate you possibly can examine a number of pictures as a substitute of just one. What seems in one of many pictures could seem in a special spot in one other shot exhibiting motion or may merely disappear within the subsequent. 

Publish Investigation Evaluation

Though I’m strictly an Adobe Photoshop woman myself the software program is expensive and may seem very convoluted to most. So listed here are a number of FREE easy on-line editors to help you in analyzing your paranormal pictures at house as a begin. 

Attempt rising the publicity, invert the image or strive a filter. Then zoom and crop out elements of curiosity for export.  It’s possible you’ll discover these methods present extra element in flip supplying you with extra stable proof to review. 

This image was taken on the Denison Homestead in Mystic, Connecticut throughout considered one of TSPI’s investigations utilizing the ‘Sutera Course of’. The picture was shot utilizing the pure gentle shining by the home windows. The publicity was then elevated in an editor to emphasise the element of the apparition. The cropped picture is a colour corrected closeup of the determine. 

Written By

Stephanie Sutera

Affiliate Director & Paranormal Photographer

Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations

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