Basic steps I use with the same scanner -
(I use Vuescan in preference to Nikonscan, but there's not much in it)
1 - Scan at max resolution, 16 bit colour - just basic exposure adjustment, colour balance etc.
2 - In Photoshop, fine tune colour, levels etc.
3 - Crop and resize to A.net size (1024px wide is my preference)
4 - USM
sharpen - exact details depend on image, graininess etc., but as a guide settings of around Amount: between 100 & 200; Radius: 0.5; Threshold 0.
Actually, for best results, I use a more complex technique involving edge enhancement and masking - I've made a PS
action for this, which you can have if you want:
Digital users - please note I do NOT use this action for my digi images - these I find do not need such complex masking and a setting of Amount 250-350; radius 0.3; threshold 0 works well. I sometimes run a 2nd pass at Amount 100; radius 0.2; threshold 0 with the sky masked to bring out fine detail.
[Edited 2003-06-12 23:46:20]
Colin K. Work, Pixstel