Problem: Mistreatment of Original Film

Reason: Your digital film cards won't deteriorate if you expose them to harsh environments briefly, but the same is not true for film. If you regularly store a camera in the hot glove compartment of your car, or take a year or more to finish a roll of film, you can end up with color prints that are off-color, sometimes by quite a bit. If your prints have a nasty purple cast, or even some rainbow-hued flares in them, your negatives probably suffered this indignity. X-rays can also damage film by fogging it.

Solution: Usually, film that has been "fogged" by X-rays, heat, or latent image-keeping effects cannot be corrected. If it hurts when you do that, don't do that. Figure 6.15 shows an image faded by heat and light.

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