The 7 Most Common Types of Ghost Photos

I encounter a lot of paranormal pics while scouring the web for Creepy Photos of the Day. Here are the seven types of ghost photos I see most frequently. What type of picture do you find most convincing?


Generally speaking, orbs are circular gray or white specks that appear in all sorts of photos, though they’re most common in pictures taken at night or in dimly-lit rooms. Many people believe orbs are paranormal in nature, but skeptics insist they’re nothing more than reflections of dust or moisture in the air.

orb ghost photo

tampa theater orbs

Ghost Faces

Fans of the supernatural often cite ghost faces as evidence of paranormal activity. These faces, which appear in the background of many ghost photos, can be difficult to see or easy to spot, but critics say pareidolia is to blame. Per, pareidolia is “the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.” In other words, people are imagining things.

famous ghost photo

ghost at the window

Mists and Vapor

White mists and vapor like substances are also common in ghost photos. The assumption among ghost enthusiasts is that the mists are apparitions of some kind, though critics say they’re nothing more than smoke, fog, or objects in front of the camera.

mist ghost photo

charleston graveyard ghost

Streaks of Light

Some ghost pictures feature odd streaks of light that many attribute to ghosts. However, skeptics point to cigarette butts, reflections, lightning, and low-level camera settings.

streak of light ghost

light transfer ghost

Reflection Ghost Photos

Reflection photos are also popular among ghost hunters. While there’s definitely something creepy about the idea of spirits appearing in mirrors or windows, not everyone is convinced that’s what happening. Reflection photos, critics say, are tricks of shadow and light or the reflection of a live human being, not spirits from beyond the grave.

buford house haunting

17Hundred90 Savannah

Obvious Fakes

There are many obvious fakes on the web, though when it comes to ghosts (which no can prove are real), it can be difficult to label one photo fake and another legit. Photoshop and popular ghost generator apps don’t make the task any easier.

fake picture of ghost

fake ghost pic


Not all photos fall neatly under the categories listed above. Some photos show what appear to be full body apparitions or mysterious figures in unexpected places. Of course, for every ghost photo, there’s a skeptic to offer an alternative explanation. It seems ghost photos will always remain a controversial topic.

ghost at lighthouse

ghost pic charleston south carolina

Do you have a ghost pic you’d like to share? I’d love to see it! Send your creepy photos to

Relevant Books

The Best of Ghosts Caught on Film: The Paranormal and Supernatural Caught on Camera

Haunted Ground: Ghost Photos from the Gettysburg Battlefield

8 thoughts on “The 7 Most Common Types of Ghost Photos

  1. I love looking at ghost pictures they really intrigue me! I have to admit, orb photos have way too many natural explanations like you said for me to class them as paranormal. For faces, I think humans have that tendency to see faces in anything so always look twice at them style pictures. And some of them are convincing to make me forget all my scepticisms :P Great post!

      • Yes couldnt agree more, my father once did some work in a manor home and came home with an experience at the end of each day was so jealous! Saw a woman walk past a doorway and everything, definitaly an appartition I would want to see! :D

  2. My sister has recently became more sensitive to paranormal. She takes crazy orb pictures on demand. She is unable to take a photo without orbs and has to ask the orbs to please not be in her photos to get an orb-free shot. After a time, she now sees orbs with the naked eye. Has anyone else heard of this?

    • Yes, my brother and my daughter both see orbs with their naked eye. I have hundreds of photos, my brother thousands, of orbs, light tubes, mists and other very strange images.
      It would appear that we are at a time of awakening. People are becoming more evolved and more connected with our environment.

  3. Ok I took a pic when I was drinking my tea and in the fog appears a real scary face what does this mean is it a spirit? Or a ghost?

  4. Please email me– I’d like answers. I have a demon that keeps showing up in pictures if a mirror or window is behind me. I sound crazy but I’ll let u look at them.

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