I kind of jumped head first into all of this. I've only been home developing for a few months now. I picked up a used Nikon scanner about a month ago and I am still learning this scanning stuff. I am using vuescan. I set the scanner to 16 bit grey input and output. I save as tif. I also set the film to t-max 100. I use auto levels. Without the autolevels I seem to get overly dark negatives that I can't bring any life into. I keep the ICE turned off. So I scan, adjust the levels, then apply one curve, then apply one more curve. Below are two pictures. The first is the image out of the scanner with no adjustments. The second is the image after I make my adjustments. So, a few questions.
Does the negative itself look ok?
What more/less can I do to the image to get the most out of it?
Have I manipulated it too much? Not enough? I basically want a good tonal range, with as much detail as I can muster. I like contrast, but maybe I don't know where to draw the line. I've been playing with images for a while now. I keep getting to the point where I stare at them and manipulate them so much that I'm my own worst judge.
As always, any advice is welcome. I don't mind honest criticism.