Don't assume a bad looking print looks the way it looks because you did something wrong.
Printing machines can make bad prints because:
• They're poorly maintained and operated.
• Some photographs are difficult for printing machines to interpret correctly.
For example, photographs taken at night are often printed too light.
They appear grayish and grainy.
You can take prints back to your lab to be reprinted.
Most labs are happy to redo their work.
A few labs will automatically blame you.
Go to another lab.
Consider purchasing a printer.
One of the biggest advantages of digital photography is the ability to easily print your photographs.