In my opinion the hardest part of being a paranormal investigator starts after the investigation has finished. The actual investigation is fun, from talking with the client, taking photos and video, noting base temperatures in all rooms/areas, sweeping for EMF readings, doing communication sessions and (hopefully) experiencing some paranormal activity but its once we go home that the real work begins. During an investigation we take at least 100 photos each and every photo taken is checked very carefully and then lightened to illuminate any dark areas and show anything that cannot actually be seen during the initial photo viewing.
All the video is watched very carefully (sometimes frame by frame) and the audio recording of the whole event is listened to and analysed very closely. Any sound or video anomalies are cut into segments and shared with the Haunted Auckland group for a decision on whether it may be an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) or some form of photo anomaly. This reviewing process can be quite tedious and cannot be rushed so for a four -hour investigation it is not uncommon for this process to take two to three weeks. From there, each team member who attended writes up a personal report on their findings and any conclusions they have been able to come to.
This is then turned into a composite report and placed onto our website. If the investigation was uneventful the report may be quite short and so does not reflect the fact that there may have been 15-20 hours spent by each investigator of tedious, time consuming and often fruitless reviewing.
Haunted Auckland Investigator, Barbara Caisley