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Film is not developing

This is more than likely a redundant question, but I'm new to cameras and photography. But anyways, whenever i developed my first and only roll of film, the pictures were blackish and had nothing to them, well a few had some colorful blobs that were interesting, but none of them were of the pictures I had taken, I was wondering what I could do to fix it without bringing it into a repair shop.

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It's hard to tell without looking at the film itself, and it would help to know what type of film you are using (black and white? color?). My guess would be a light leak. If the film is exposed to any light, that results in a black picture, possibly blotches of color. Either you opened the camera before you rolled the film back into the canister (unlikely), or your camera is responsible for the light leak, in which case, you will have to bring it to a repair shop.

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