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How can Walter Mitty examine the negatives of photos in the bright sunny day?

Film negatives are only light-sensitive while in the camera, until they are removed and processed. The processing includes a step to "fix" the image so that the negatives will not be further exposed ...
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Film lab not printing all photos

This answer is pure speculation: The reason probably is because of automatic system for print which check if the photo is with good exposure and only then print it on paper. And maybe you should ask ...
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Film lab not printing all photos

"checked the negative, around 6 photos were not developed." If it was roll film, and they were on the negative, then they were developed. They might not have been printed. But printing is a ...
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Why does colour negative film have an orange mask?

Questions about the orange mask of the C-41 and earlier C-22 negative color film keep reoccurring. Maybe I can shine some light on this subject. As you know, black & white film photography ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

The originals were that. The originals. Obviously you tried to keep the negatives in a safe manner because the nitrates and films were very flammable, could being eaten by fungus, decolor, or all ...
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How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed?

The C-41 negative film process arose from movie film that was marketed just after World War II. Previously, processing color films was a far more arduous task. To simplify, three dyes, cyan (blue-...
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How long do developed negatives last?

Processed film does deteriorate, but not at such a rate that surviving 10-15 years would be remarkable! It also depends on the type of film; black & white film lasts longer than colour film for ...
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Clean film negatives heavily contaminated with wet paper made negative cases

Soak in a tray or tube of water at room temperature. Add two teaspoons of Dawn dishwashing detergent per quart (liter). Soak for several hours and test the paper to film adherence. If not free, ...
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Why am I getting vertical black bands across my negatives and how can I prevent this?

It appears you have an intermittent light leak that is reaching the film while it is wound tightly on a spool, possibly the take up spool inside the camera. The distance between the bands in your ...
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How did the calotype process produce a translucent negative image?

Talbot bathed paper sheets in a solution of silver nitrate and then potassium iodide. He then “washed” the paper with a mix of gallic acid and silver nitrate. The paper was then exposed in the camera. ...
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Film lab not printing all photos

I recall in the 1980s having to either tick a box marked "PRINT ALL" or handwrite that on the stub, at the time of submitting the film for processing. When the packet of photos came back, ...
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Can a regular scanner be used to scan negatives?

You can but the result will be poor. First of all you need to disable the lighting from below, otherwise what you will get will be the reflection of the surface. Second you need to light the ...
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

Here are some differences between paper and film that will affect the image resolution acutance, resolution, and resolving power. Paper: The emulsion normally used for paper is relatively ...
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How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed?

How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed? By applying color correction filters during the enlarging/printing process. Normally a strong yellow filter and a more moderate magenta ...
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How best to digitally copy glass negatives?

I have not scanned glass negatives, but this is what I would do based on scanning ordinary film. With the flatbed (with transparency adapter): Emulsion down, lifted off the scanner bed with sheets of ...
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Handling negative images in lightroom with profiles

I know this is a bit late, but I just stumbled across your question. With the recent updates to Lightroom, you can now build a profile to invert negatives and in many cases no further processing will ...
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Trying to identify these negative sizes

I asked B&H and they told me that it's standard 120 size film and recommended the Epson V600. Seems reasonable. Fingers crossed!
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How to invert color negative "scan" via DSLR without clipping the red channel?

I filter the orange cast of the color negatives via the light box so that the red channel on the D810 camera I use is not shifted and compressed using 3 sets of gels. My light box is powered with two ...
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How can I get this "brushed background" but clear subject effect by manipulating film negatives?

The image looks like it could have been done in-camera, if the camera had a multiple exposure function. If the camera was tilted down for the first exposure, level for the middle exposure then tilted ...
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How to make negatives from digitized black and white photographs?

These are scans of old B&W photographs and I want to convert them to negatives for further photo printings. You don't need negatives to print any more. The best resolution you can possibly get at ...
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Printing negative into paper versus Lightroom processing

How important is the quality of the negative for Lightroom processing (Path A) versus conventional printing (Path B)? A good negative is a joy to work with. A bad negative must be salvaged, no matter ...
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Film lab not printing all photos

Back in the days before digital cameras, I did a little amateur astronomical and scientific photography and then had to get the photos developed. These photos would sometimes be mostly black, and to a ...
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Can a regular scanner be used to scan negatives?

Usually, when scanning film or slides, one uses a scanner that has a built-in backlight, illuminating the film from behind, thus overcoming exactly the problems you describe. Therefore, in order to ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

Put them the safest place you can, but even the safest place is never "safe." Remember the Jacques Lowe case? Had extended exclusive access behind the scenes of the Kennedy administration. Put his ...
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How long do developed negatives last?

I would like to send them to scan by a professional laboratory but I would rather not hire the service should they not be still good. The results will be a function of both the quality of the ...
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How long do developed negatives last?

Archive requirements for film generally err on the cautious side. A couple of years ago I had all my colour negatives scanned. These spanned the period 1971-2003, and had been stored in a variety of ...
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How long do developed negatives last?

It certainly depends on quality of processing, film brand, gasses in the storage area and other factors, but in general, 10-15 years should not be a big deal. There may be some color shifts but it ...
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Trying to identify these negative sizes

These are from film size 620 / 120 --- both are the same film except the 120 sported a more robust film spool. As a rule of thumb, the 120 size fit the more expensive cameras and the 620 size the ...
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

According to CTEIN The typical color-negative paper can record about 65 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm), but a black and white (B&W) paper can reach 125 lp/mm. Ilfochrome and R-3 papers ...

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