If you plan to scan large numbers of prints, slides or negatives, there are a number of useful tips for batch scanning.

There's an excellent web site with scanning tips maintained by Wayne Fulton. It contains scanning tips for flatbed scanners and film scanners, a summary of available film scanners , a review of VueScan and an example of using VueScan's cleaning, intensity, and contrast options.

A VueScan user produced some useful tips for using VueScan to scan historical photographs and documents.