I have an Olympus AZ -230 Super Zoom 35mm film camera.

A roll of film has come out very dark, almost a purple tint.

How do I correct this for the future?

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    How was the digital image shared here made? Is the negative thin? Feb 2 at 0:45
  • Your camera is also called the Infinity Zoom 230 and the manual is available from Olympus. Check out "Spot mode" on page 32 - it might help to meter off your subject rather than the default center-weighted average metering.
    – osullic
    Feb 2 at 17:23
  • What about the film roll? Reached expiration date maybe? If results are consistent roll to roll, then the camera is teh suspect. If only 1 roll, could also be the roll itself.
    – Mo D.
    Jun 30 at 12:10

It appears you are simply under exposed a bit.

If you load your photo into a histogram program such as https://pinetools.com/image-histogram [Or in an image editor] and look at the individual channels you will see that the red and green channels are far over to the left side, while the blue channel has an arc that spans the whole width.

If this is the root of the problem then it is caused by your light meter assuming it is being pointed at something that is 'middle grey', but you're pointing it at something much brighter and not telling the camera to do any compensation.

You will need to look up the exposure compensation controls for your model of camera, and learn to apply them to help your meter make sense of what you're pointing it at when working in scenes outside a 'normal' lighting range.

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    Re, "...something much brighter..." Don't know the camera in question, but if the metering spot is small, and if it was pointed at that white foam,... Feb 2 at 1:16
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    To help the OP... the meter is inside the camera. It's a sensor that measures light levels, and sets exposure settings suitable for those light levels. Camera meters are not very smart though - they don't realise it's a sunny day - it just seems that everything in the scene is very bright, so it tries to compensate by capturing less light.
    – osullic
    Feb 2 at 17:25

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