I have always had this mentality — I suppose from viewing all these incredible images online on Blogs/Instagram/Social Media? that Film Photography, equates to the utter lack of Post–Production after having that roll of film developed and scanned.
Like I had this idea that all scans that came back from a Lab would be great. Like legitly jaws–dropping, pants dropping images with superb pastel–y tones and mood and all. But sadly no, the scans I get back from the Lab is definitely a no–go. Mine all looked like crap. The colours look stale and washed out, the mood + emotions that I envisioned did not come to fruition/surface. Reality of the much hyped film scans felt like shit. I felt like quitting too. I blamed my gear. I blamed myself — I firmly believed that such crap was only the consequence of my bad handling towards light.
Looking back / at present, it was and is indeed a stupid mentality to have had.
Reading articles/forums online, and a godsend of a book (FilmIsNotDead by Jonathan Canlas), it hit me, a revelation, laughable I guess — is that it is indeed okay to edit/tweak your scans back once you get them! Like dude.
The Lab actually scanning the frames to a disc is in itself converting that tangible medium to an intangible digital file. A digital file that like RAW files is malleable — to a certain extent of course (since it is not RAW format, it is JPEG as a basic scan. Unless it is TIFF, but that is another story + experimentation possibility altogether.)