Filer’s Files #25 2013 – Photographing UFOs

To get better pictures of UFO, use your camera to take moving objects like birds or aircraft. 

Keep your lens clean prior to every shoot, keep batteries charged, and stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface attempt to support the camera with arms on fence, post, or car. Try not shoot into the sun. If possible block the sun with a tree, post, roof or even your hand to prevent lens flares. A little of the sun’s corona is alright. Try to set the scene at distance with an overall shot before zooming in.

You can leave the corona, but no arc of the Sun in view whatsoever. Then we’ll see what you get and NO ONE will be able to argue “Lens Flares”.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks. Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO. Narrate size, shape, and colors of what you’re seeing.

Generally, the photographer has less than a minute to bring his camera to bear and shoot the picture while the craft is maneuvering. The average photographer is using a cell phone camera

of poor quality that does not have the capability to capture clear images of moving or rotating objects. Zooming often results in the object being an indistinct group of pixels. The objects are usually fast moving and far away. Often the craft are clearly seen to be rotating which may also cause them to appear blurry. Frankly we are lucky to get any quality photos at all. Many of our best photos are from people who have expensive cameras and frequently use their equipment, happen to see UFOs and are prepared to capture them.

When quality photos are sent we have a tendency to question its authenticity. I think every picture is important and as the cameras improve the images will improve. We all know some images are doctored and some are birds or other flying objects. Still other UFOs are tracked on radar, chased by military aircraft, and captured on good quality cameras.

George A. Filer III New Jersey State Director

MUFON Eastern Region Director