How to Communicate With Orbs

It may be possible to communicate with spirit orbs, using the proper equipment.

If you believe your home is haunted, you may want to try communicating with the spirits. Many ghost hunters consider "orbs" -- translucent circles on photographs -- an indication of paranormal activity. You can see spirit orbs only in photos. There's no guarantee orbs will appear or try to communicate. However, with some special equipment, it may be possible for an amateur ghost hunter to receive a direct response from the spirit world.

Buy a 35 mm camera. According to, experts recommend not using digital cameras because they can catch dust particles easily and be subject to glitches and shutter delay.

Buy a digital recorder. A digital recorder allows you to catch electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) or answers to questions you ask a spirit.

Stock up on a supply of batteries for your investigations. It isn't uncommon for batteries to drain quickly from cameras and recorders while trying to communicate with ghosts. Ghost hunters believe spirits use the energy from these devices to manifest and communicate with the living.

Place the digital recorder in the room where you want to start the EVP session. Push "Record" on the digital recorder.

State the place, time and date of the recording before asking questions to spirits. Include who is present in the home while you are recording. This helps distinguish real evidence from human interference when analyzing your recordings later.

Speak loudly for the recorder and spirits. Ask orbs to show themselves to you. Wait a few minutes between questions to allow any spirit orbs to respond.

Take a series of photos after you ask each question. Stand still while taking your photos. To avoid stirring up dust, don't stomp or jump around a room.

Upload your photos and recordings and review them on your computer. Listen closely for unusual voices or sounds. You may need to listen several times to hear a ghostly voice. Ask friends to examine your photos and recordings to see if they can evidence of orbs you may have missed.

Mary Corbin began her career writing for online and print media in Indianapolis. Since 2004, she has covered subjects such as home and family, technology and legal issues. Working in the broadcast industry, Corbin created articles for marketing, public relations and business matters. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.