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Do I have to shoot a whole film roll on the same ISO?

The ISO of a film roll indicates how sensitive that whole film roll is to light. That's a chemical property of the film roll, which you cannot change shot by shot. The ISO "setting" on your ...
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Should I shoot color or black and white 35mm film to learn photography fundamentals?

If your goal is to practice composition and work with shadows and lighting cheaply and efficiently, then you should shoot digital, not film. You will get more immediate results, and the ability to ...
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What is the rationale for having less than 36 frames in a single 35mm film roll?

Before roll film there was sheet film. With sheet film a photographer could select particular films with particular emulsions individually for every shot they took. Applicable characteristics of a ...
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How did my negatives end up upside down and backwards?

Some models of 35mm film cameras, upon loading advance all the film from the cassette on to a take-up spool. For these models, the first picture is taken on the end of roll, likely about frame # 36 or ...
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How to preserve undeveloped film as a legacy gift

I recently had this strangle little idea to take some photos and just leave them undeveloped until I am nearing the end or my family is looking at them after my passing. How disappointed do you think ...
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Any idea why my point and shoot camera photos turn out blurry?

Motion. You moved the camera when shooting. The entire image is blurred. You can tell from the yellow 'things' that the motion was up-down, not left-right. You possibly pushed the entire camera ...
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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

Well, it seems obvious that the film did not advance between shots. Whether that's because of user error (film not installed right so it didn't catch on the advancing mechanism) or a hardware issue ...
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How was film developed in the late 1920s?

My antique wooden Kodak™ day-light loader (ca. 1905) was made with a removable spool of thin (now quite brittle) perforated celluloid with raised rubber edges. The film was sandwiched between the ...
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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

Doing double exposures with the k1000 requires that you cock the shutter using the lever while simultaneously holding down the release on the camera bottom. This allows the shutter to cock while not ...
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Can I develop my b&w film a year after shooting it?

Ilford Delta is a pretty common film. I am certain you will be able to find a reputable lab to develop it somewhere around (you do not mention where exactly in Germany are you spending your year). On ...
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Do I have to shoot a whole film roll on the same ISO?

In addition to Saaru's good answer, I wanted to point out that the reason you might have been switching around the ISO setting and not really noticing much difference is because film has reasonably ...
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Why did my developed photos come back blue outdoors (and fine indoors)?

It looks like the laboratory messed things up: the film you used is a daylight color negative film. Which means that basically, without (extra*) correction, the daylight images should have been ok, ...
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Accidentally opened film camera, film ruined?

That depends on the type of camera. I used to have a Fuji auto-loading camera, that would spool the entire film out of the canister first and then every taken photo back into the relative safety of ...
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How long can a 35mm film be used/stored before it starts to lose its quality after expiry?

One of the users on Photo.net is a chemical engineer who worked at Kodak for ~30 years. He posted the following information in a thread over there about Life expectancy for refrigerated film: In ...
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First film roll just got developed and all my pictures have a white fog on them?

The orange veil to the right of the last image is a common effect of light fogging. In fact, I've seen that many times on the first frame of 35mm when I started exposing without winding enough frames ...
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What is the rationale for having less than 36 frames in a single 35mm film roll?

Just my notions, but some people did not take so many pictures. It might take weeks or months before they would expect to accumulate 36 exposures. Rolls of 24 were a little less expensive, and less to ...
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Would a Nikon FG 20 film SLR camera take pictures without batteries?

The Nikon FG-20 has an electronic shutter, which will not work properly if no battery is inserted. You can, with limited capabilities, still use the camera without a battery. Light metereing will of ...
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How to preserve undeveloped film as a legacy gift

If you leave something unfinished it will probably stay unfinished. People have enough to do tying up the normal loose ends after someone croaks. Schubert’s unfinished symphony stayed unfinished for a ...
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Any idea why my point and shoot camera photos turn out blurry?

As mentioned in ErinH's answer, this is motion blur, due to moving the camera for the duration of the shutter capture time. However, I disagree with the conclusion that the motion blur as up-down and ...
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Is the film still useable if the back of the camera opens while you're still on 0 shots and have just loaded in the film?

Probably. On many semi-automated film cameras, you tuck the film end into the take-up spool, then when you close the door it auto-winds a couple of frames - enough to make sure all the exposed film is ...
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These SLR developed photos are bad. Is it mine or the photolab's fault?

As @Sandor Dosa comented. It is a light leak. It is difficult to know where the leak happened. Prior for you to use the film (a faulty film from start) Your fault during mounting the film. Your ...
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How was film developed in the late 1920s?

You might look at the Wikipedia Photography Technology timeline. A few key points from that reference: 1909 – Kodak produces 35 mm motion picture film on an acetate (less flammable) base 1913 - Kodak ...
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35mm development issues: Only half of film developed correctly

This is due to the film being only half covered with developer and fixer. What you're seeing as "fogged" is the side that was toward the top of the tank, and far from fog, it's undeveloped ...
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What does the ISO setting for mechanical 35mm film cameras actually do?

Usually, it does not affect or limit the aperture or shutter speed at all. Rather, it tells the exposure meter where the center is. In some ways, it's exactly like exposure compensation dials. If the ...
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Accidentally opened film camera, film ruined?

This is common beginner mistake. You are fortunate that you did it in the first few shots of the roll. Only the film that is outside of the canister will have been exposed to daylight ( ruined ) ...
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Why is there a straight line across each 35mm photo (taken with Noblex swing lens panoramic)?

A light line can be the result from a scratched negative. Given the symptoms it could have been debris in the roll's light seal. Could also be in the camera or during processing.
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What should I look for in a film to take photos in India?

While I've never been to India, I've travelled in other countries of Southeast Asia. These are countries where you see vibrant colours everywhere. If it were I, I would shoot a reversal film because ...
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Why is there a straight line across each 35mm photo (taken with Noblex swing lens panoramic)?

A straight, fine line across the frame like this indicates a scratched negative to me. I guess it could be a dodgy scanner too. Examine your negatives closely to see if the scratch is there. You might ...
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50+ year old ilford film

The image captured on photographic film is called a latent image. Translated, this means an image invisible unless somehow treated to cause a visible image to appear. The latent image is best when the ...
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