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Here are some tips you can use to fix your camera without taking it to the repair shop.

Your camera won’t turn on.

The most likely cause of this is that your lens cap is still on or that you didn’t turn the power on. But if that’s not the case, you may have dead batteries, there may not be any film in the camera, or there’s rewound film in your camera. These problems can be easily fixed by putting new batteries or film in your camera. The other possibilities are that the self-timer on your camera is locked halfway on or that your camera is too out of focus or out of range to work. If either of these is the case, you should consult your owner’s manual and consider taking it in for repair.

Your pictures came back blank.

This is most likely caused by film being improperly loaded into your camera. You should reload your film. The other possible cause is that you sent a blank roll of film in for developing by accident.

Your pictures are developed too light or too dark.

Photos that are too light are typically caused by a dirty light sensor window or one that was blocked by your finger. You may also have your film speed setting incorrectly set. If your photos come back too dark, your batteries may be dying or you may have set the film speed setting incorrectly.

Your camera’s photo counter isn’t working.

This is most likely caused by your film not advancing properly. You should double check your film and perhaps reload it. The other possibility is that the counter is defective. In this case, you should have it serviced to fix the situation.

Your camera is taking photos that aren’t in focus.

This is normally caused by taking a picture of something that is in motion, taking a picture with your finger over the focus window, or taking a picture with a dirty focus lens. These problems can be fixed by only taking pictures of steady objects and cleaning your lens. You also perhaps focused incorrectly or took the photo in the dark without a flash. If you determine that your lens is bad, you need to have it serviced professionally.