Free Premium Apps: Photo Lab Pro by VicmanLLC and more

The Amazon Android/FireOS app-store is having a Halloween Free Apps promotion. A total of 29 premium apps are participating, and you can get as many of them as you want for free, including photography-app PhotoLab Pro by Vicman LLC. Other famous apps included are AVG AntiVirus Pro, Splashtop Remote Desktop, and lots of games.

These are Amazon’s regular apps, not the “Underground apps” that are free but your data usage is the price you pay for the free-ness. Offer ends 10/31/15.

Lightroom (iOS) now FREE for ALL

If you have an iOS 8.1 or later Apple device, and do not have a Creative Cloud subscription or a desktop Lightroom, you too now can use the iOS version of Lightroom for free without the prior restrictions. Adobe finally discovered they can use it as a “gateway software drug” instead of frustrating users and driving them into the arms of many of the thousands of other iOS photography apps :)

Lightroom has two versions available, one for the iPhone/iPod and for the iPads. With the new bigger and more powerful iPad Pro, things may get more interesting worfklow-wise.

More via Apple Insider et al.

Free (iOS 8+): Hipstamatic Camera app

The Hipstamatic Camera app is celebrating version 300 (already on version 301), and as part of the festivities, the app is currently FREE to get at the iTunes Store. It supports devices running iOS 8 or later. Version 300 was a major update, adding more features including manual controls and more editing options.

Free CreativeLive Online Conference

CreativeLIVE is having a FREE online conference running between September 18-25 in 2015. A variety of classes are planned. You can see the schedule by day over there.

Ten premium Photography Apps FREE (with free in-app purchases) as part of the new Amazon Underground

The Amazon free premium Android-y app of the day is DEAD. But it has a more user-friendly replacement. It is called the Amazon Underground. Hundreds of premium (normally for pay) Android apps are available for you to download and use for FREE. In-app purchases are free too. No ads. Amazon will pay the developers for use of the apps using the experimental scheme they launched with Kindle Unlimited earlier in the year. You must get the Underground version of the app, not the regular one. Amazon estimates a value of over $10,000 if you get them all.

Of those Underground apps, there are ten under Photography at the moment, including PhotoSuitePro 4, Perfectly Clear, pFolio, FlickFolio, etc. The Underground apps have a distinctive logo in their thumbnail as you can see below:

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Next Free Entrance at National Parks is September 26

Ooops, I am definitely not Doctor Who – time confusion, August 25 was yesterday. But the next free day is about a month away, September 26 in 2015 (National Public Lands Day), plenty of time to plan ahead, since planning ahead for -1 days (August 25) is slightly difficult without the use of a Tardis…

If you live near one of the 127 national parks (out of 408 total) that charge admission/entrance, on specific days every year (MLK, Prez weekend, Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, Public Lands Day, Veterans Day), you can get FREE admission. Details, restrictions, list of parks, and days/dates that offer free admission for all can be found at the National Park Service website.

TIP: great way to build a large library of “busy day at national park” stock photos :-)

Free Photo Book for first time MyPublisher customers

First time customers at can receive a free photo book. You have to enter your email (nothing else) at the promotional prompt (top right corner of their page or the tape-delayed email pester-nudge window). You will receive an email with the promo code and the long terms and conditions are linked to through the email. I do not know if shipping is free.

NOTE: after you enter your email, their website automatically tries to start downloading their book creation software on your computers. On Windows, this is As a minimum they should be _clearly_ warning people ahead of time this is about to happen because many and more these days are spooked by surprise downloads of things. Or just not start automatic downloads. Grumpy mode ends :)

40 Free Premium Android Apps include PhotoLab Pro, Elements, XnRetro Pro, HandyPhoto

It’s that time again, the Amazon Android-ish App Store is offering around 40 premium (typically they cost money to buy them) apps for FREE for a limited time only (typically go through the end of a weekend). Of photography interest, they have Photo Lab Pro by VicMan LLC and Elements of Photography Pro by Arkenstone, and XnRetro Pro by XnView, and Handy Photo by ADVA Soft.

You can get as many (including all of them) during this promotion. This round includes a diverse variety, from the all-important Goat Simulator, to AVG AntiVirus Pro, to Docs To Go Premium to Tiny Scan Pro to The King Of Math and a handful of games.

Two FREE beginner photography ebooks on Lighting and Photoshop

If you like to read or flip through free e-books, I spotted a couple of fairly new ones at the Kindle store. As of the time of writing, they are $0.00 to buy (but I don’t know for how long they will remain free). First up, with a June 21st publication, a 37 page Lighting Tips ebook by James Carren. Next up, the 79 page Photoshop Set for Beginners by Dwayne Brown.

(ENDED) Thur (FREE): Photo Transfer App by ERCLab

This daily freebie expired… The free premium app of the day at the Amazon Androidy app-store is Photo Transfer App by ERCLab. The offer ends around 3am ET on Friday (apps don’t sell out).

Samsung Device Owners: 10 Free VSCO Cam Presets

If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, one of the Samsung Owners Hub offers is ten free presets for the VSCO Cam photo app. I don’t know if every Samsung (Galaxy) device is eligible or some of them or if this depends on registration status and such. Samsung works in mysterious ways :) The offer is available through the Samsung+ app on Google Play which is the new name for the Samsung Owner’s Hub. Once you install that app, go to the Promotions tab, and page down until you see the VSCO Cam offer. There is a little link thing to press in a circle on the left side (see screenshot below) to get you to VSCO Cam. There’s also an offer that gets you two years of an extra 100TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage there.


PS1: I don’t know if these offers are stackable with the Galaxy Perks.

PS2: by the time you read this, it will probably be renamed to Galaxy Owners Plus Hub, or Milk Galaxy Apps or Galaxy Prime Alpha App Store 😉

(ENDED) Free Premium apps include “A Better Camera”

This promotion ended, but every few weeks Amazon has bundles of premium (aka for-pay) apps offered for free.
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(ENDED) Free Premium Apps include Elements of Photography Pro by Arkenstone

This limited time offer expired but every few weeks the Amazon App store has free premium app promotions…

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Imgur Pro features now Free for everyone

The Pro features of viral image sharing website Imgur are now free for everyone, not just paying members. This was announced at the sixth year anniversary of the blog. Details on their blog (via Fast Company). The Pro features include image analytics and referrer data, along with unlimited number of images, and more.

(ENDED) Free app: Simple Camera by Obvisity (Android)

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(ENDED) Free Premium app (Thur): TouchUp Pro Photo Editor

This daily deal expired… The Amazon Android app store free premium app of the day for Thursday is the TouchUp Pro Photo Editor by esDot Development Studio. The offer ends at 3am ET on Friday.

(ENDED) Free Premium apps include Lab PRO

This limited time offer expired…The Amazon Androidy app store is having another free premium apps promotion to celebrate the new year, a total of 33 Premium apps are FREE for a limited time, including the Lab PRO app by VicMan LLC. This is a limited time offer.

(ENDED) Ends Tue 3am ET: Free Premium app: Image Blender Instafusion

This daily deal expired… The Amazon Android-ish Free Premium app of the day ending by 3am ET on Tuesday 11/11/14 is Image Blender Instafusion which does as the name suggests.

Free Premium Photography Apps: Lapse It Pro, BeFunky Photo Editor Pro, XnInstant Camera Pro, Plex (ends Sat PM)

Amazon has another free premium app promotion. These are apps that you have to otherwise pay to get. This promotion is good until the end of day on Saturday 11/1/14. A total of 40 premium apps are participating. You can scoop up as many as you want (including all of them). The photography-related ones:

If your device is not compatible with the app, you can still get it by using a web browser. When the popup tells you that the app is incompatible, just tell it to go ahead and scoop it up… Another helpful thing, the latest version of the Amazon Android (Google Play) app is now able to sideload your Amazon-purchased Android apps, so you don’t have to install the separate Amazon AppStore app… You may need to have at least one Android device connected to your Amazon account before it lets you get any apps. I haven’t tried this with a disconnected account in a while, so I don’t know if they changed this…

Free software with social media connection: CollageIt Pro for PC or Mac

Stacksocial is offering the CollageIt Pro software for FREE IF and only IF you follow them on social media (choice of Twitter, Google+ or Facebook) and then share the promotion on social media. They offer either the PC / Windows or the Mac / Apple. The offer ends in about three days from blog-posting date.

Free iOS app: ProCam2 (thru Starbucks iOS app)

The Starbucks iOS app (under “Messages” in the app) has weekly freebies. This week’s freebie is the ProCam2 iOS camera app. There’s a code there that makes the app free in iTunes. The ProCam2 app requires iOS 7 or later to run, but anyone can claim the code. The promotional code is good until 12/30/14. If reading this at a later time, page down and down in your Starbucks Messages iOS app until you find it… Note: the freebie in the Starbucks iOS app is typically different from the one in the Starbucks brick and mortar stores…