I am very new to film, so I understand that this may be some silly questions for you all, but your kindness and help is appreciated!

I was recently gifted a Nikon FG20, which I took for some practice on a vacation and a cherry blossom festival. When I got the film developed (Kodak Gold 400), I believe that I noticed a light leak (the ribbon of light on a couple of the photos), but otherwise the photos were extremely blurry/foggy/unfocused. Is this a result of the light leak? Or is this something else I am doing wrong? How do I even fix a light leak? Here are a couple example photos:

  • \$\begingroup\$ You need to provide more information. The first two photos look extremely underexposed to me. You say you are new to film photography, so... do you know about metering? How were you metering the scenes? Third photo looks way out of focus. You were actually focusing the lens, right? Some newbies, in my experience, don't quite grasp the idea of doing things manually, and still expect the camera to magically do everything automatically. No criticism intended, but it's important to understand precisely how you are using the camera. Fourth photo looks good, but yes, there's definitely a light leak. \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Commented Apr 16 at 23:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ The camera could be 40 years old. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 17 at 17:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @pes_f, it seems the images you posted are gone. Could you perhaps re-post them, as without it your question does not make much sense. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 17 at 18:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Aside: don't take a 'new' camera on vacation, or to a festival, to check it out. Do it in your garden, so that you know how to use it before those events you want to capture. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 17 at 19:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I’m voting to close this question because the images are no longer available; please edit your question to upload the images to Stack Exchange's image hosting service. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented May 10 at 20:30

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The answer to your question

Is this a result of the light leak? Or is this something else I am doing wrong?

is: yes, both.

The vertical whiteish streaks in photo 2 (left over the statue) and 4 (right at the edge) are caused by a light leak.

The rest of the photo artifacts are caused by incorrect focus and exposure:

I hope above helps you in researching the issues further. If you don't find a suitable answer in any previous questions, feel free to open (one or more) new questions to address a specific topic.