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The truth about orbs
Find out what we've learned about orbs
See what dust orbs look like in photos
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Orbs?

Orbs have many names including globes, globules, balls of light, and spirit orbs. They appear in all ranges of brightness from bright-&-glowing to faded-&-barely-visible. They are usually quite fast and follow an erratic pattern of flight. Positive orbs are believed to be the spirits of the dead by many. However, other theories suggest that they might be separate life forms or even nature spirits. The problem however, is that most orbs captured on camera & video are false positives. Read on...

What percentage of orb photos are false?
As you might know there is a controversy concerning orbs in regards to authenticity. Although some are believed to be authentic, there are still many (most) showing up as a result of airborne particles (dust) at the time of the flash. This happens in both indoor & outdoor shots. Because of this, it's making it really hard to disassociate the false positive orbs from the real ones. An example of airborne particles would be like opening a heavy curtain inside of a dark room to let in the light. Have you ever done that and seen all the dust moving within the light beam? Well, dust can show up in pictures as orbs, especially when dust is close to the lens, and most especially with digital cameras. That's just one example, moisture (humidity), mold, & pollen are also contributors of false positive orb photos. Because of this, there is no real way to confirm authenticity with our present knowledge, therefore the consensus would have to be that almost all orb photos are false positives.  Perhaps as many as 99 percent of orb photos are nothing more than the conditions at the time of the flash. 

What should I look for in an orb photo?
As mentioned above there is no official way to determine authenticity of an orb within a photo but here are a few key elements to keep in mine. 1. A slightly oblong orb has a better chance of being real than a round one. 2. Multiple orbs in a single photo are almost always dust motes. 3. Orbs that are hazy and oblong have the best chance of being genuine.

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Can the dust theory be proved?
YES! Just take your digital camera (for fast results) outside and throw some dust out in from of the lens. Make sure the flash is on or set it to automatic. And presto, multiple orbs will appear in the picture! Note; the dust usually has to be within a few inches of the lens to appear as orbs in the photo. You can also take a spray bottle to simulate humidity and spray directly out in from of the lens. Results will once again be multiple orbs. Dust particles reflect light from the flash and appear as round balls of light in the photo. Try it! See dust orbs in pictures

Our conclusions
Although digital cameras are a useful tool in ghost photography, they can't be trusted when it comes to orbs. Film cameras are LESS likely to create dust mote orbs on film which makes them the camera of choice. But unfortunately, they are going the way of the dinosaur.

We hope that this will help you to be a more informed in regards to orbs and the controversy concerning them.

See photos taken of dust motes
Be aware of "how fake ghost photos are made!"

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