Blank roll of film

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by angela_noodleson, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. So i just got 3 rolls of film developed at CVS. They told me that there was something wrong On the film and they developed everything
    but jus blank pictures came out. It has been the second time that this has happened. I don't know if there's something on my camera, or
    the way i use the camera. Or maybe, their photo center. I just don't know why this is happening. I have a 35mm holga and I never expose
    my films on any light/sun
     
  2. What type of film was it? What was the lighting? Was flash used? Were there any edge markings on the negatives?
     
  3. I got it from Urban outfitters. No there was not. Does that mean i did something wrong capturing it?
     
  4. I need you to answer my questions before I answer anything.
     
  5. Urban Outfitters carries Lomo and Holga stuff, including film marketed for those cameras. Unfortunately they don't offer clear descriptions online so I can't determine whether you bought traditional silver halide b&w film, or C-41 process monochrome film that can be processed safely by minilabs. The Lomo website indicates they sell both C-41 process and traditional b&w films - including Fomapan.
    The lack of edge markings is an indicator it was traditional b&w film, not color or C-41 process monochrome film. In that case, the minilab chemicals stripped the photos. Traditional b&w film it needs to be processed in the appropriate chemicals, which minilabs don't have.
    Check the package of the film and see if you can find more info.
     
  6. It was one of those lomography films you get there. There wasn't any flash used.
     
  7. I bought this one http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=14968770&parentid=APARTMENT_MEDIA
     
  8. Your link is bad. My guess is you used a traditional B&W film in C-41 processing. It bleached the whole roll away.
     
  9. That appears to be ordinary color negative film. It should have been compatible with the minilab processing and should have developed at least the edge markings.
    Again, as Larry and I suggested, check the negatives and look along the sprocket hole margins for edge markings - there should be at the very least some alpha-numeric codes printed along the margins. Let us know whether you see those.
     
  10. Lex what is the link leading to What film is it? It is broken for some reason on my end.
     
  11. No, i see 3 frames that seem to has pictures in it, but the rest was empty. WhT does that mean?
     
  12. You may have not had enough light for the speed of the film. and the slow lens on the Holga 35mm camera. You may want to look at how film reacts to light. Keep talking we can help you.
     
  13. Here's the corrected link.

    Angela, sounds like the film was underexposed. I don't see anything on the website indicating what the film speed in ISO is. You can check the packaging or cassette for that info. It should read something like "ISO 100" or "ISO 400".
    Lomo, La Sardina, Holga and similar cameras have very simple mechanisms, few exposure controls and can be used only in limited lighting conditions.
    If you plan to take photos in dim lighting - indoors, at night, in clubs, etc. - you'll need fast film, at least ISO 400 or faster. Otherwise use flash. If you're photographing in daylight, stick with ISO 100 or 200 films.
    These are the same basic guidelines I was taught with my first simple box cameras as a kid in the 1960s. The Lomo, Holga and similar cameras are just updated versions of the simple Kodak Brownie and GAF box cameras I used back then. At the time ISO 400 films were rare, especially in 620 rollfilm, so I had to use flash for indoor and nighttime photos.
     
  14. listen to Lex. I think he has your problem down. Film is not like the Digital age as even a cheap Digital P&S camera these days can automatically go to ISO 100 or more without even you moving a switch or button. Film is a creature to learn limitations with ......
     
  15. Okay, I get it now. I might buy flash and see how it reacts. Thank y'all so much for the help!
     
  16. You are welcome. Always glad to help keep people shooting film.
     
  17. It's ISO 100 film. In the "DYMO" strip at the bottom of the package: 100/36.
    If you shot the last part of the roll inside at night, you probably underexposed.
     
  18. Thanks Peter...
     
  19. You're welcome, Larry.
    Angela - here's some ISO 400 film from Urban Outfitters. If you want to shoot indoors, try this before you buy that flash:
    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=16647653&parentid=APARTMENT_MEDIA
     
  20. It seems surprising that three whole rolls came out blank. Are you sure the shutter is opening properly? You should be able to see the blades open if you look through the back of the (unloaded) camera towards a light as you operate the shutter ... although I don't know Holgas at all.
     
  21. Angela, don't take this the wrong way, but could you have forgotten to take the lens cap off the camera? Because what you see through the viewfinder is not exactly what the lens sees, I throw away my lens caps almost immediately so I never have to face this issue.
    If that wasn't the problem, then I'd offer this bit of advice. 100 speed film is good for sunny days, 400 for cloudy days (outside). Inside you probably need something higher than 400 speed film -- the Holga shutter is around f/8 or f/11 with a shutter speed of 1/100. You might also some cheaper non-lomo film if you can find it -- maybe the problem is with the film you bought?
     

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