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New Digital Kirlian Photography Book


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Interested in funding this book? Kickstarter project is now live.


A Step by Step, Hands On Guide.

In this proposed 2nd edition of the Kirlian photography book is a complete rewriting and updating of detailed information for shooting Kirlian photographs.

Kirlian Photography BookThe book will guide readers to shoot Kirlian photographs, using both digital cameras and film. Whether you’re a beginner with no photography experience or an experienced pro, you will find the instructional information to shoot brilliant Kirlian photographs.

The book will include step-by-step instructions for building a variety of DIY Kirlian photography devices and accessories.

The Kirlian devices also have the ability to shoot real time Kirlian video.

The book provides the history of electro photography and it historical account of its potential applications in medicine, industry, and the military.

Support will fund the equipment to search for evidence of the "phantom leaf" phenomena that continues to be a point of controversy between scientists and Kirlian photographers. The core equipment for this search is an astronomical CCD camera, typically used to image faint starts and galaxies.

Publication Date - 2012

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Funding Incentives

PLEDGE $1 OR MORE
Thank you, we appreciate everyone's support.

PLEDGE $5 OR MORE
Book Acknowledgement - Your name will be listed in the book as a project supporter.

PLEDGE $15 OR MORE
Everything mentioned in previous incentive plus a copy of the DVD "Kirlian Photography; Fact and Fiction". http://www.imagesco.com/kirlian/kirlian_dvd.html

PLEDGE $25 OR MORE
Everything mentioned in previous incentive plus PDF Copy of Digital Kirlian Photography Book on CD.

PLEDGE $50 OR MORE
Everything mentioned in previous incentive plus: Original 4" x 5" Kirlian Photograph, signed by author.

PLEDGE $100 OR MORE
Everything mentioned in previous incentive plus: Increase the size of the original 4" x 5 " Kirlian photograph to an original 8" x 10" Kirlian photograph, signed by author.

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The DVD - with pledge of $15 or more

Kirlian Photography: Fact and Fiction Kirlian Photography: Fact and Fiction Back CoverKirlian Photography: Fact and Fiction

Since the 1970's there has been much reported on and written about Kirlian photography. Some of these reports make phenomenal claims regarding the usefulness of Kirlian photography. For instance; is a Kirlian photography of a person a picture of the body's aura, or soul? What does science have to say about that claim? Can Kirlian photography forecast illnesses before it become physically manifested? What about the claims that you can read a person's health, personality and emotional state? What about the phantom leaf effect? This is where a small portion of a leaf is removed, and in subsequent Kirlian photographs of the leaf, show the removed portion of the leaf as a ghostly apparition. Has there been any real scientific inquiry that studied the phantom leaf effect noted by Kirlian photographers? If so, what are the scientific results?
These questions and more are answered in this documentary, "Kirlian Photography: Fact and Fiction"


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Kirlian Prints - See Pledge Information Above

Kirlian Print Kirlian prints are part of the funding incentives. In addition to the other funding incentives listed for each pledge mark, the supporter will receive the following Kirlian prints:

At the $75.00 pledge mark the supporter will receive a Kirlian Photograph taken during the writing of the new book.

At the $100.00 pledge mark the supporter will receive a limited edition print. The quantity of prints created will be limited to the number of supporters plus 10. Each print will be signed and authenticated by authors signature.

At the $200.00 pledge mark the supporter will receive an original signed print.
No other copies of this Kirlian images will be created making this a unique
Kirlian print.










Some Basic Kirlian Photography Info

Kirlian PhotographKirlian photography is a high voltage, contact print photography. The process is simple. Sheet film is placed on top of a metal plate, called the discharge or film plate. The object to photograph is placed on top of the film. If the object to be Kirlian photographed is inanimate, such as a coin or leaf, a earth ground is connected to the object (See Diagram).



High voltage is applied to the plate momentarily to make an exposure. The corona discharge between the object and discharge plate passes through and is recorded onto the film. When film is developed you have a Kirlian photograph of the object.

Short History of Kirlian Photography

Kirlian photography is named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian and his wife Valentina who began their work with high voltage photography in 1939. Kirlian collaborated with his wife for over 30 years developing equipment and studying electro-photography.

The Kirlian's work was first made known to the general public in this country by a book published in 1970 by Shelia Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder titled "Psychic discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain". Kirlian work became so well know that the field of high voltage electro-photography is called Kirlian Photography.

Although Kirlian wasn't the first to study electro-photography. The field of electro-photography can be traced back to the late 1700s. At this time Georg Christoph Lictenberg noted the pictures made in dust create by static electricity and electric sparks. Nicola Tesla (1880) photographed many corona discharges using his famous Tesla coil. In the early 1900s, Russian researcher Yakov Narkevich-Todka exhibited electro photographs he had made. A little later, Dr. F.F. Strong of Tufts University Medical School used a Tesla coil to make electro-photographs of his hand.

Aura Cameras

I am asked frequently about the Aura cameras for sale. From what I understand from their sales information, these aura cameras measure the galvanic skin resistance's from the subjects hand. A computer uses that skin resistance information to produce and colorize an aura around the subject on a monitor. A copy of the monitor image is printed and sold to the customer. This is not Kirlian photography! Aura cameras and the photographs they produce are not being sold or marketed as Kirlian cameras and Kirlian photographs. Many people are making the erroneous connection to Kirlian photography since the corona discharge photographed around the subject in the Kirlian photograph is many times referred to as an aura. Kirlian photography is a photograph of a high voltage corona discharge around the subject.