I work for a small-town museum which received thousands of B/W negatives for our photo collections a few years back. We are now scanning the negatives using an Epson scanner and Photoshop 5.0/5.5 at 2400 bpi and saving them as jpeg photos. The negatives were not stored properly and several of them have scrunched-up (for lack of a technical term) areas which leave a rather ugly band on the scanned photo. My boss and I are somewhat PS knowlegable, but neither one of us know how to fix this. So I am wondering if this is a common situation that can be fixed; and we would like a tutorial, plug-in, or some other idea of how to tackle this problem. We would prefer an automated solution as there are hundreds of negatives with this problem.
I tried uploading a sample but exceeded the size limit.
TIA for any advice or suggestions.