About a year ago, Adobe entered the stock photo market, ready to compete with already existing greats such as Getty Images and Shutterstock. One year later, next to unveiling their major Photoshop CC update for 2016, Adobe launched their “Stock Premium Collection”. Resource Magazine was invited to the launch event on the 7th floor of New York’s The New Museum of Contemporary Art, to find out what this release was all about.
So, what’s new in this Premium collection? Well, about 100,000 hand selected images sourced from some of the world’s leading photographers and agencies. They are are bundled within ten thematic categories that span across lifestyle, wildlife, food and industrial photography, as well as galleries that showcase the work of individual contributors.
“Each image has been carefully selected by our team of expert curators to ensure its commercial, technical and artistic quality. We look for images that are visually striking, emotionally impactful, and for those with a strong narrative element.”
One day, it should be possible make your own personal contribution to the Premium collection, but, for now, Adobe wants it to represent a relatively small group of artists and agencies who have been hand-selected for their personal style and the quality of their work. One of those contributors, is food photographer for The New York Times Andrew Scrivani.
After talking to Andrew about his food photography specifically, Resource Magazine also got a little insight into why he chose to partner up with Adobe Stock. “It made all kinds of sense to me to get involved with it,” he says.
First, there is Andrew’s contributing perspective. “A lot had to do with the software my pictures were edited in. Other stock agencies didn’t like layers, interpolated files or whatever. But for Adobe, that’s not an issue. They are a software company. They like my images the way they are.”
On the other hand, Andrew also is amazed by the usability of Adobe Stock, especially as a director. “It was amazing to learn that you can use it in app. Just a push on a button, and no longer having all these windows open, dragging them around, logging into different stock agencies and trying to buy images. My workflow becomes infinitely easier.”