What causes orbs in digital pictures?

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What causes orbs in digital pictures?
One issue in digital photography is the presence of dust particles. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

You're uploading pictures from the recent party at Uncle Mike's and notice that some of the images have a lot of tiny circles or spots on them. These could have small geometric shapes inside them or just appear as round splotches. These are orbs but may not be what you excitedly imagine if you are a follower of the paranormal. You may imagine it is the recently deceased Aunt Rosie with all your previous ancestors or perhaps guides and angels or other entities. Well, though you might be correct in such guesses were you using actual photo film, with digital, these little orbs are more likely due to something else.

Spirits and Entities

Elementals, ghosts, spirits, ET shadows, lost souls, angels, guides and Ascended Masters have all been considered in recent years as periodic guest visitors that can actually be captured in photographs to "prove" they exist. Well, maybe they do exist but your digital photos that show up with a lot of circular specks won't prove it, especially to the scientific community. It doesn't matter that scientists may not be interested in paranormal activity to begin with--just because you have images with dots does not assure the viewer that what he is seeing is not of Earthly origin.

What causes orbs in digital pictures?
Spirits may show up in your life but capturing them on camera could prove challenging. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Dust and Weather

Consensus has it--even in paranormal societies--that the most common cause of the orbs, especially in large numbers, is simply dust. Particles of dust are easily captured on digital cameras and seem to sparkle in certain types of light. Other causes are typically relative to the existing weather, such as snow, rain or fog being present when the photograph was taken.

What causes orbs in digital pictures?
Determining whether the reflections are from the sun, a flash or spiritual presence is done by studying the image with special equipment. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Humidity and Light

When light hits camera lenses at certain angles or catches the edge of a lens, you can sometimes get a resultant circle of light on the digital screen or final image. Repeated circles could be reflections or refraction from the sun itself. These orbs appear to radiate and bounce in what appears to be a line. Track the line and you'll often be able to deduce that the sun was just off-screen when you shot the picture. If the humidity is significant, this could enhance dust and other particles so that they all show up as orbs in your shot.

Film vs. Digital

These orbs don't show up in all photographs. If you were to take a photograph using a digital camera and then one using a different camera, such as a 35mm SLR with film, the results would most likely be different. The digital can pick up the dust particles and so forth more easily. On film, the large circles that show up at times are quite different. They are usually white, purple, pink or blue. Debate continues regarding what those might be, but you can try to locate a professional who has proper equipment to inspect and evaluate your photographs.

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