Read here why your pictures have undeveloped patches and how to prevent it when possible. Check first those picture and distinguish the different type of issue.
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- A brown U or V-shaped undeveloped patch at top of the photo
- Usually consistent across entire film pack
- Can vary in size and number per photo
This undeveloped patch occurs when the developer paste is not being spread over the whole photo. This can happen if the rollers are not spreading the paste correctly, if the individual film’s pods do not contain enough developer paste to cover the photo, or, most likely: the developer paste has dried out and is not spreading as it should.
How to avoid:
- Ensure your film is not expired (see date stamped on the film box)
- Ensure your film is always correctly stored before use
- Full Article: How to store Polaroid film
- Clean your camera’s rollers
- Full Article: How to clean your camera rollers
- If the film is not the source of the error and the rollers are clean, it is likely that your camera are not aligned correctly.