But if you're not sure what the 3 problems are when scanning negatives, then you'll waste time trying to find out what to fix.
Here's what you need to know...
Most people think negatives "fade". And that's why the colours look dull or unnatural.
But the real reason is, take out a strip of negative film. If you look closely, there's a gloss coming off the surface. That gloss (light coming off the negative film surface) is ALSO going to be scanned.
So that's why it doesn't matter if your negatives are 100 years old, or 10 minutes old. This gloss is going to be scanned, and you'll get weird results with colour.
So it doesn't matter if you kept your slides in good condition, or if your slides are only 5 years old -- this gloss is going to make your scans look flat.
Have a look...
See how the Normal Scan looks flat, and the colours don't look natural? This is easily fixed in Photoshop. Here's how...How To Fix Colour From A Negative Scan Using Photoshop
What I'm talking about is Exposure. Sometimes your scanner will make shadows to dark, and light areas to bright.
Have a look....
Exposure is easy to fix in Photoshop. Here's a step-by-step guide...How To Adjust A Negative Scan Exposure Using Photoshop
The problem with negatives is, they attract dust. This is why it's VERY important to clean your negatives before you scan them (see Basic Scanning Tips).
However, another problem is grainy negatives. Have a look...
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to fix grain and dust using Photoshop...Fix Grain, Noise, Dust From A Negative Scan Using Photoshop
Here's those full tutorials again...
Which of these scanning troubles do you want to overcome?
Hey, my name is Konrad. I've been scanning professionally since 2005. I've helped multi-billion dollar companies, pro sports teams, pro photographers, artists, museums, book publishers, etc. I've scanned over 930,000 slides, negatives, photos.
The reason I'm telling you this is because no matter what challenge or frustration you're having, I know exactly what you're going through. So, to help you RIGHT NOW, I've put together a super simple scanning guide to get you started.