Control photo

12036365_10153336513673962_1838278039367839102_nControl Photo: A photograph of a location or object taken under normal conditions without environmental or light contamination. Can be used to compare anomalous photos in less than sterile conditions.

Standard protocol for control photos can be to take 3 pictures of an object or location. These 3 photos can be used to compare each other. The first pictures ideally should be one taken during ideal photography conditions which include decent light, little or no wind (which can cause dust) etc. A good practice would is also to use a tripod for these pictures. Mark the location of the tripod with masking or gaffing tape to ensure a similar photo. You can get similar photos of the same locations at different times. If no tripod is available, still use the masking or gaffing tape to mark the location of the photo.

Once you have your set of photos you can use your control photos to compare to other pictures. The object is to find the difference or find similarities. Locations look different in light and dark. Shadows play a big role in how a photo turns out. Shadows are a major cause of pareidolia. Pareidolia is where your mind processes random shapes to make them appear like something they are not.

After finding the similarities and dismissing things that can be seen as different but aren’t in normal conditions. Look for differences. The illustrations shows how different two pictures can be when they look alike. It’s a simple “spot the differences” picture. It’s very similar but there are differences. This method is also used by NASA to find anomalies in space. Now your challenge is to find the differences in the two.
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Andrew Alvarez

Andrew Alvarez

Representative - Division 3 at National Paranormal Society
Hello I'm Andrew Alvarez. I'm 34 years old. My interest in the paranormal started at about 8 years old after an experience that happened when my grandfather passed away. I'm a founder and director of the Paranormal Organization of South TX POST. We formed 7 years ago and have been serving the South Texas area since. I am an ordained Christian Minister and am studying demonology and theology. I also plan on learning the art of exorcism. I have a background in website administration, music performance and production (pre and post), web graphics, and some video production. I look forward to working with NPS in contributing my talents and learning from other's talents.
Andrew Alvarez