And, piggybacking on pstake, do check the film speed you have set. Actually, color negative film should be set at HALF the box speed for better color rendition.
The first photo is grossly underexposed, fairly common with flash because of the overrating that flash manufacturers typically gave to their product. I'll bet that that negative is pathetically weak.
The second photograph is actually 'correctly' done but, because of the extremely bright sunlight beyond the trees, the meter 'thinks' that the whole scene is far brighter that it really is, and, as a result, gives less exposure than needed. You have to correct for that situation (called 'backlighting') and give more exposure when you think that your negative will be underexposed. Sometimes that intelligent meter can, also, be 'huge dumb' and has to be overridden.
The whole problem could (not necessarily is, though) be underexposure. Again, what do those all important negatives look like. Is all the detail there in big, bold colors? I think not. If you have weak negatives you have bad prints. Period.
Your particular camera is one of the most underrated out there. And, generally, I did not like the Yashicas, but this one with mechanical shutter is fabulous and usually dead on accurate. - David Lyga
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