Sometimes people receive their printed photos and are surprised by the results - sometimes pleasantly, other times, less so. There are several reasons why your prints may look different from what you saw on your monitor at home:
Did you Use the correct color space?
AdoramaPix uses the sRGB color space. If you don't upload your images with that color space, your colors may not look right. The most common mistake in this respect is when people use the Adobe RGB color space. This will cause your colors to be dull and muddy.
Is your monitor calibrated?
Computer monitors display images with slight or sometimes significant differences. This problem is compounded because the base color and brightness levels will darken over time as the monitor ages. Left to its own devices, your computer monitor will continue to display an ever-shifting version of reality.
The solution to this problem is to use a combination of hardware and software to calibrate your monitor. You can combine this calibration process with an ICC color profile that allows us to match the colors on your screen in our printing process.
Is your monitor brightness set too high?
Prints are not like a monitor, they don't emit light. If your images are coming out too dark, it may be that your monitor brightness is set too high, and/or the brightness levels of the room in which you're editing are altering your perception of the colors.