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Sherri McGee

Why are my photos grainy?

I just got back 2 rolls of film from A&I today. One roll looks fine and the other roll looks grainy. I used the same type of film, same lens, off-camera flash, same time and same place as the ones on the other roll.

Would old film look grainy. The beginning pics on roll #1 were taken about 5 months earlier. They are not grainy. Maybe the film went bad before I used it again.

The beginning pics on roll #1 were taken outside on a sunny day. The last half of the pics on roll #1 were taken inside at night with flash. does it matter if you take pictures from several different lighting conditions on one roll?

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1/23/2009 2:57:50 PM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  The ISO and shutter speed are the two main factors in grain. If you use a high ISO speed film, it will be more grainy. In digital cameras, maybe film cameras too, long shutter exposures (like at night) also cause noise. I can't think of anything else besides that.

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1/23/2009 4:32:28 PM

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