This may sound rather dumb, but I'm somewhat of a newbie when it comes to trying to prepare images for a professional lab. In the past having my photos printed at Walmart or such I've always been satisfied. I will admit a few times they were a little dark. Now I'm working on putting together a book, the company has provided me with their ICC profile and aside from the proper Calibration of my monitor they suggest that I soft proof all of my images. Doing so I find that all (the soft proof image) look washed out. So is that saying what my image will look like in the end if I were to leave it without editing? I'm a little confused. I've been duplicating my image so I can see the soft proof and work on my image, none of this changes the soft proof image because the work is done on the origional only. So how do I know if the changes are correct. Am I going about this wrong? Please help. Aside from this book project, should I always get the ICC of the company (if I change labs) and soft proof my images in the future?