Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
Well I'm totally lost now.

The common thread in all these replies (including mine) is to NOT let the scanner software auto-expose your prints. Set the range (the white point and the black point) either to extremes or wider than what the histogram shows then scan. Then, load the image into some type of photo editing software to adjust the image to taste.

Give it a try. You can get pretty reasonable results.