Really Rocks!

How restoring my images gave new life to classic rock photos

Bernie Walters is a professional photographer, with hundreds of images dating back to the mid-1960s.  He needed to restore and repair many of these images before he could market them to the public.  Bernie tried and was extremely happy with the quality of their work, their prices, and their excellent customer service.


My name is Bernie Walters, and I have been taking photographs since 1964.  When I was younger, I went to lots of rock concerts. Later, while working in the music business, I photographed artists such as The Rolling Stones, Leon Russell, The Pretenders, and Ray Davies of The Kinks. However, life went on and I stashed my slides and negatives in a closet and moved on to other things.  Then, about three years ago, I decided to revisit my old images.  What I found were some great shots, but many of them were scratched and dusty, with marks and spots on them. 
I tried using Photoshop to fix them, but my Photoshop skills aren’t great.  I gave some images to a local photographer who said he could do the restoration work.  While he did a decent job, it was extremely expensive and it took a long time. With all the images I had, I knew that using his services was not a long-term solution.

Then, last October, I went to PhotoPlus Expo trade show at the Javits Center in New York City. While there, I visited the booth and took one of their business cards. 

While I didn’t know the quality of their work, I knew I wanted to improve my images for gallery showings and for printing.  Since their prices were reasonable, I decided to give them a try.  To start, I decided to send them a rather simple restoration where they just needed to remove marks and scratches.

What first impressed me was how easy it was to upload an image to  The on-screen instructions were detailed and easy to follow, and the image uploaded quickly.  Shortly after sending them the image, I received an e-mail confirmation of my submission.  Then, when they finished restoring my image, I received another e-mail with easy, clear download instructions. 

When I downloaded that first image, I was impressed.  The image was clean and all the marks and scratches were gone.  Plus, I received the file back in less than one day.  While their website suggests you allow three business days for a complex restoration, I often receive my restorations in 12 –24 hours!  Plus, their prices are amazing.  I paid my photographer friend four times the price for his restorations before I found!
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Once I knew they were reliable and their work was good, I started sending them more images, as well as more complicated restorations.  I had some images where there was an arm or another object blocking the subject.  In many cases, was able to remove the blockage and give new life to an image that I might have otherwise discarded.
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Not only are they fast, reliable, and reasonably priced, but they are innovative too.  Recently, I gave them an image and asked them to change the background from a bush to a nice, solid colored wall.  The image came out great, and you could never tell that it had been changed!  The quality was incredible and the results were extremely impressive.

Because of their skilled restorations, I have had restore about 20-30 images in the past month.  I am now building a portfolio and developing a website.  Plus, I can now solicit galleries to do a showing of my collection.  I could never have done all this without the quality restoration work done by  Plus, with their reasonable prices, I am able to restore more images from my collection.  In fact, I wish I had met them two years ago…it would have saved me lots of time and aggravation!
Finally, I want to mention their excellent customer service.  If you’re not satisfied with a restoration, just send them an e-mail with your concerns. They are polite, courteous, and will redo the restoration at no charge.  Plus, billing is easy.  They accept PayPal or credit cards; and if you’re a regular customer, you can talk to them about opening a business account.

Even if you’re not a professional photographer, I would recommend for any photo that you want to restore, repair, or to give a new life. Many photos, especially older ones, can be marked, scratched, or discolored.  Since is so easy to work with, I would recommend their services to anyone.
The Who

Bernie Walters' Biography:
Bernie Walters began photographing rock concerts in 1964.  What began as a teenage hobby turned into an adult passion, and then years later he became President of the International Rock and Roll music association.  Walters was then shooting his favorite rock stars and other celebrities for “Communiqué,” the official publication of IRMA.  Check out Bernie’s images at, or contact him at Bernie is represented worldwide by Redferns Stock Photography agency out of England.