Capturing the image of a ghost on film is one of the most difficult tasks for even the most experienced ghost hunter, and really good photos that are difficult for skeptics to dismiss are literally once in a lifetime events.

The first challenge to photographing a ghost, and it is a huge challenge, is that in order to catch an image of a ghost, you have to be in the presence of an apparition, and that is in and of itself a monumental challenge.  Visible apparitions are incredibly uncommon. Many serious ghost hunters work for years without ever seeing a confirmed apparition, because they are so random.

However, there are scores of people who’ve captured apparitions on film which are undeniable to most ghost hunters, because the figure on film is clearly human.   These photos are the most difficult for skeptics to criticize.

Unfortunately, for each real ghosting photograph there are fifty fakes, photos which are digitally changed or even staged.  During the actual spiritualist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century numerous fake pictures were created with the “wet glass plate” technique, because the pictures could often generate huge profits for the scammers.

Once this process was exposed every ghost picture was carefully examined and most were rejected as fakes, and today any real ghost photograph or video will generate an enormous skeptical response.

However, but there are a number of well known ghost photos which have been reviewed by experts and are regarded as real by most ghost hunters.  The following is a review of some of the most famous ghost photos.

1. Freddy Jackson

Freddy Jackson's Ghost

Taken in 1919 by Sir Victor Goddard

A standard group photo of a World War I squadron became infamous when an additional face appeared behind one from the airmen located on the top row, fourth from the left (see insert for a clearer view).

The airmen instantly recognized the face as belonging to Freddy Jackson, a mechanic who was killed by an airplane propeller two days before the photo was taken. Freddy’s funeral had taken place on that day, but apparently Freddy Jackson’s ghost decided to show up anyway.

2. The Fire Girl

Fire Girl

Taken November 19, 1995 by Tony O’Rahilly

As the Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England burned to the ground, local residents took photos of the wreckage from across the street.

Tony O’Rahilly utilized a 200mm telephoto lens to snap this photo of a small girl framed in the doorway. None of the other onlookers or fire fighters working the scene remember seeing a little girl, and there would be no reason for her to be in the dangerous shell of the burnt out building.

Dr. Vernon Harrison later examined the photo and it’s negative and determined that it was genuine. Further investigation into the young girl’s identity uncovered records of a child named Jane Churm who passed away in 1677 in northern Shropshire after lighting fire to a thatched roof with a candle.

3. The Brown lady

Brown Lady

Taken in September 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira

Believed to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Townshend, this ghost has been haunting the oak staircase of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England since the 1700s.

Legend has it that Dorothy’s husband, Charles Townshend, believed his wife was having an affair and locked her in a tiny room of the great house until she eventually perished there.

When materialized, she is often seen wearing a brown, satin dress. One report tells of her having hollow sockets where her eyes should be.

4. Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove

Madonna in Bachelors Grove

Taken on August 10, 1991 by Mari Huff

Mari Huff of the “Ghost Research Society” took this photo during an investigation of of Bachelor’s Grove cemetery near Chicago.  The photo was snapped in an area where the group’s equipment had been acting strangely.

The small, abandoned cemetery was empty except for the paranormal investigation team, and yet when the film was developed this image of a  young woman materialized.

Bachelor’s Grove cemetery is considered to be one of  America’s most haunted places, and is known for hundreds of paranormal incidents (including full body apparitions).

5. The Back Seat Ghost

Back Seat Ghost

Taken in 1959 by Mabel Chinnery

During a visit to her mother’s grave site, Mabel Chinnery took this candid picture of her husband while he waited patiently in the car.

After Mabel developed the film she noticed the eerie figure in the back seat, just behind her husband’s right shoulder.  Mabel swore that the ghostly aperition was her mother.

An expert examined the photo for signs of fraud and was noted as saying, “I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine,” adding that the image was not a reflection nor a double exposure.

Stories of ghosts and their misdeeds have been around since the beginning of time. Of course, they make the perfect subject for horror movies. Here is a list of some of the scariest ghost movies of all time-tune up your HD TV and turn off the lights as you prepare to be scared.

The Shining: This is an iconic ghost/horror movie. Directed by the great Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining is a masterpiece of the horror genre. In the movie, a family heads for an isolated Colorado hotel in the middle of winter where Jack Nicholson’s character, a writer named Jack Torrance, is to finish a writing project while his wife takes care of the hotel. During their stay, his son Danny, sees visions of the hotel’s dark past using a telepathic gift dubbed ‘the shining’. Soon, the isolation gets to Jack and he goes mad. A ghost convinces the writer to ‘correct’ his family, and Jack sets off to kill his wife and child. Things go down hill from there; watch the remastered version of this film classic in HD.

Poltergeist: That clown, the little medium with the squeaky voice, the glowing TV-poltergeist was one of those horror movies you watched as a kid and were thoroughly terrified by. The movie, in a nutshell, is the story of a family living in California that discover that life isn’t so sweet in their suburban home. Who can forget the first time Carol Ann, the young, wide-eyed daughter makes contact with the evil spirits through the TV set, saying ‘they’re here’. That line never fails to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. This is a modern horror classic which you can often catch via satellite TV-just consult your listings.

The Haunting: Directed by Robert Wise, this 1963 is a classic ghost movie. The plot revolves around a group of experts investing a haunted house. Dr. Markway agrees to study Hill House in order to prove the existence of ghosts; he is accompanied by Luke a skeptic who also will inherit the house, Eleanor a psychic, and Theodora, a clairvoyant. It’s a simple story that doesn’t rely so much on any special effects or creatures to scare you, as much suggestion. There isn’t a single goes depicted in the film. The 1999 remake, on the other hand, does rely a great deal on computer graphics and special effects-this version is one to watch on your new flat screen HD TV; however, it doesn’t pack quite the punch as the original, according to film purists, classicists and anyone with sense of good taste; still, you could do worse.

The Amityville Horror: This movie was based on a true story. The occurrences that went on at the Amityville house were actually documented. After merely 28 days, the family left the house leaving all of their possessions. They never came back. This is an iconic haunted house movie that will leave your hairs standing on end. The creepy children’s chorus score, the disembodied voices yelling harshly , and the bleeding walls will definitely make you reach for a pillow to hug. This one usually plays on satellite TV close to Halloween.