Q: What are "spirit" orbs?
A: Though nobody can really say for sure, there are many theories as to what orbs are - souls of departed loved ones, angels and archangels, extraterrestrials, a vehicle being used for inter-dimensional travel, a collective consciousness, or all of these and more. There is a lot still to be discovered and understood about orbs.
Q: What do orb colors mean?
A: Orbs have been captured in many different colors, see orbs/orb swarms. There are charts and theories as to what the colors of orbs mean. One theory is that each color conveys a different type of communication from the orb. Another is that the color depicts their manifestation stage when captured with the camera. Their colors could also be an indication of what realm they inhabit since some believe the very bright white orbs are from an angelic realm.
Q: How can I get orbs in my photos?
A: All you need is an open mind, the right intention, lots of patience and a cheap digital camera with a flash. I use three different point-and-shoot cameras (Canon PowerShot 100HS, Sony Cybershot W55 and a Nikon Coolpix S100) with my favorite being the Nikon. These are out-dated cameras and can be purchased on Ebay for $50 or less. I keep the flash on and put the image mode on 8M. Cell phone cameras are not great for orb photography since the flash is not as strong as a digital camera flash. However, cell phones can be good for video as long as you have the flash on.
Here is information from The Orb Project book about the importance of the flash - "When light photons from the camera flash strike an orb, they are absorbed by it, thus converting the photons into electrons inside the orb. The orbs are therefore generating the light that makes them visible from within themselves."
Also, orbs are easier to see against a dark background, so taking pictures outside at night is a good place to start. Ask for them to appear, verbally or telepathically, and they will oblige. If you don't get very many at first, don't worry, they will continue to appear in larger numbers the more photo sessions you have.
Q: How do I know it's an authentic spirit orb?
A: Though some dust, moisture or lens flare can look like spirit orbs, they usually don't have the colors and concentric patterns in them. Avoid taking pictures in a dusty area, dense fog or directly into a light source like the sun. The more pictures you take, the better you will get at telling the difference.
Q: Can orbs be seen with the naked eye?
A: Though it's very rare, some people can see orbs with the naked eye. I have not developed this skill yet.
All photos © 2018 Tracee Gorman