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    Loading 35mm film properly

    I am new to PR, and thought asking a simple question would show how much of a "newb" I am.
    On the first picture of every roll, almost half of the picture is white. When I first noticed this, I thought I was loading the film wrong. So to make sure that it loaded correctly, I always did it in a room with a safety light. It still turns out with the white block. The picture below is from the first roll in my Dads Olympus OM10.
    Loading 35mm film properly-502844-r1-20-00.jpg
    Can anybody lend me some beginner tips on getting the first picture to actually turn out? Whenever I load film now I usually take a "scrap photo" because I know that it isn't going to be a full picture.

    Thank you,
    Last edited by thedogspants; 08-04-2009 at 06:31 PM.
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    1982 Olympus OM10
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    1980 Minolta XG-A
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    1955 Argus 15 Markfinder

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    Re: Loading 35mm film properly

    Welcome to film. Normal practice when loading a film is to waste 2 or 3 shots until the film counter gets to number 1. If it is an auto camera make sure the lens cap is removed when doing this. Once you are at frame number one you can get serious.
    Last edited by cameron665; 08-06-2009 at 03:58 AM.

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