Paranormal Forensics – The merging of anthropological methodology and technique to the field of paranormal investigation and research to develop a hypothesis to solving a purported paranormal event. Everyone's familiar with detective shows such as C.S.I. that feature forensics to solve a difficult case. While being a paranormal investigator, or researcher, may not be quite as glamorous as what’s depicted on forensic or paranormal television programs, it's just another facet, albeit and fascinating, of what we do. This part of the investigation is where the paranormal team, who are most probably not highly organized or trained photographers, will learn to ‘fine-tune’ their excellent paranormal skills into a methodical way of working that takes practice, to properly interpret what an evidence–photographic, video or audio–that has been gathered during a paranormal investigation. The art of forensic photographic and audio analysis takes C.S.I. investigators many years of extensive training, let alone many more years to perfect their skill. Our intention here is only to provide the basic skills in developing a methodology for yourself, or your paranormal team, to create an accurate record of the information gathered. In order to do so, a methodology for sorting and analyzing all those photographs, videos, and audio recordings as potential evidence is crucial.  The big answer, “How is it done?” can be daunting, so our objective here is to provide you a clear and objective way to do it, without any formal training or experience. Keep in mind though, that just as forensic investigators of a police C.S.I. squad analyze a crime scene to accompany police reports, articles or research papers, so should a paranormal investigator analyze their potential paranormal evidence. The trick here, is to do it objectively, and understand that it as an important and integral part of the paranormal investigative process that is often overlooked. Why It's Important Producing a permanent visual and audio record of an investigation is much like producing a pictorial of a crime scene. All of which would be considered valuable evidence. So just as producing crucial photographic records of a crime scene to accompany a police report, your evidence would be the documented evidence of a paranormal event. Only it won’t be of fingerprints, footprints, blood spatters, or bullet holes, but unique empirical evidence relevant to the paranormal. Stake Your Reputation on Your Conclusion Remember, your reputation as a serious paranormal investigator or researcher is at stake with every assessment you deliver. Any time you breeze through the evidence without doing the proper research, especially when it's an issue you're unfamiliar with, you open yourself up for critique and criticism. As a professional paranormal investigator, always maintain an objective approach, and an open mind by not making a subjective preconception, in the analysis of evidence! Insist that all photographs submitted to you for analysis are indeed the original data files, or prints with negatives if on film, are unedited and with the Exif information of the digital camera readable, complete, and unaltered. Exif is considered to be the digital ‘negative’ of the authenticity that the photograph you've bee submitted for review, is in fact genuine and has not been subjected to tampering. Never assume, always confirm. This simply means, if you don't know – find out! And even when you do know, concur with colleagues by soliciting them for their professional opinion. But the number one rule we use within the In the Shadows organization is, "When in doubt, throw it out!" This motto will provide you with an added measure of credibility, because no matter how you look at it, "The truth is always the truth, and the truth is in the evidence." A Methodology of the Human Condition Paranormal Forensics Ghost Hunting 101
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