1. Where is the UFO in the photo?
  2. Why was the photo taken?
  3. Is the UFO focus different than the background?
  4. Does the UFO touch any part of the frame?
  5. Is any part of a daylight UFO darker than the darkest part of the background?
  6. Are a bright UFO, the frame center, and a strong light source in a straight line?
  7. Is the negative available?
  8. Was black and white film used??
  9. Do multiple photos show the UFO in the same place relative to a familiar object?
  10. With multiple photos, did the camera move between shots?
  11. Does the camera have to be in an unusual place to reproduce the photo
  12. Could the UFO be a bird or insect frozen in flight?
  13. Is the background visible through the object?
  14. Could the UFO be a time exposure of something?
  15. Do light direction and shadows agree between the UFO, background, and story?
  16. With multiple photos, do all of them meet the same scrutiny?
  17. Do the photos match the story?
  18. Is the photographer gaining money or attention from the photo?
  19. Can the object's identity be coaxed out of the photo? Look for hidden details.
  20. Look for the obvious, the obscure, and the obsolete.

Photographs printed in magazines have these additional problems:

  1. The photo is usually cropped and enlarged. The entire uncropped photo should be shown, because valuable information is available in the remainder of the photo. A close-up can be added to show detail.
  2. Sometimes faint images that are not part of the UFO photo are accidentally added because a printing screen is reused.
  3. In some tabloids, subliminal images have been found embedded in UFO pictures. They are not there in other publications of the same shots. THIS HAS TO STOP! It is more proof that tabloids are interested only in selling trash, not truth.
  4. Printing photos that are easily proved fakes by the above methods only hurts the search for any real data that may exist in UFO photos, unless they are printed to expose them as fakes.
  5. If a series of photos was taken, all of them should be printed, not just the best ones.
  6. Where the photographer did not notice the object, SAY SO!
  7. Sometimes the photo is enlarged too much, and the grain of the film is perceived as detail.
  8. If photo enhancement is used, print the unenhanced photo also.
  9. All of the following information should be given: