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    I have tried to take some analog pictures after some time only dealing with digital, after i finally found a place where i could develop and print the film, and waiting 10 days for them to send the film to be developed and get it back. When i see my prints, all of my photos are mostly magenta.
    I could kinda correct it using auto tone and auto color tools in photoshop, but what i really wanna know is what could be the cause of this? My fault by exposing the film to light in some part of the process? My camera may be faulty? Or is it the fault of the company? Because i didn't get any information in regard to the process because the guys i contacted were only intermediates who sent the film to another place to be developed and printed. I have the negatives but i don't know if the problem is in them because i don't have a way to scan them right now.
    Anyways, i will send a imgur album with the jpg archives i got from the company in a cd-rom and i would like some tips in how to fix them and most important: HOW TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?
    http://imgur.com/a/Eid6L

    And this is the photo that i liked the most and seems to be the one most difficult to restore: http://imgur.com/Nrl8f6U

  • #2
    Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

    If you want specialists, hire specialists. If the film is old, all sorts of strange results can happen. 1$ an image developer is after quantity, you can't expect them to make art prints. Seems to me like your film got some serious sun damage.

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    • #3
      Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

      It looks like either a light leak in camera or the film back partially opened rather than an error in the lab.

      In my opinion you will not get a satisfactory image even though you may be able to correct colour to a degree the level of noise may be objectionable and even the best noise reduction algorithms will struggle

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      • #4
        Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

        Thanks for the answers guys. Yep, now i think you guys are right. The camera i used is a old yashica that my mom used to take photos. Then it kinda broke and we left it stored for a long time, i always wanted to come back to film so i thought a cheap way of doing it would be repairing the old camera. I did it, it got back to work but it's body is kinda not that good anymore, it is not very well put together after all these years. And also i may have exposed some shots when i opened the back because i wasn't being able to roll back the film through the lever on the camera. But i did it inside a dark wardrobe, but anyways. If i try film again i'll be more careful and maybe "fix" the light leaks with some tape.
        Sorry if i was unpolite by asking something that hard on my first post, but i have very little knowledge in color theory and was wanting maybe a explanation on if the colors can be recovered or not.

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        • #5
          Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

          Originally posted by izzyboy View Post
          Sorry if i was unpolite by asking something that hard on my first post, but i have very little knowledge in color theory and was wanting maybe a explanation on if the colors can be recovered or not.
          The density of the emulsion differs by a large constant factor, and there isn't any straightforward method to compensate for that. The loss is therefore permanent. It is possible to hire someone to try to adjust these to be more aesthetically pleasing, but good work takes too much time. It would not be cost effective, even if the service provider resides in a cheaper country.

          Oh I forgot about the issue of prevention. Make sure you have film that is still good. It doesn't look like light leak, which tends to be more gradual, revealing the source of the leak. This looks like what I might expect from ancient film, although a couple clearly show light leak (first and one toward the end).

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          • #6
            Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

            I would simply ditto what was already said, and I believe you may have feared these possibilities already. I would add that I do not believe that anyone - regardless of their skill level and knowledge or color expertise could do much to save these. The very first image looks like it had the best exposure and was therefor able to recover most of the image. After that, bad things began to occur.

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            • #7
              Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

              Thanks again for the additional answers. About the film being old, i would discard that possibility, maybe it can be low quality, but not old. It is from a local company in my country so it was produced last year.

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              • #8
                Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

                If you want good photos don't use old outdated equipment.

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                • #9
                  Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

                  Originally posted by Dezzy View Post
                  If you want good photos don't use old outdated equipment.
                  I can't agree with that. With a good camera, properly taken care of, you can take excellent pictures even with 1930's-1950's cameras.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Magenta cast in all my prints

                    Agreed. Is pencil outdated because it's been around for centuries? No. It's about the artistry. These are clearly good frames and good exposures, and they look good even with all the light leaks.

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