The Communications department for the McCormick Foundation and Cantigny Park uses Adobe Stock to fill in our image collection where we have thin spots or for programs and events that we're running for the first time and don't yet have photography for. Cantigny Park also uses a lot of seasonal imagery. Adobe Stock helps us fill those gaps.
- Adobe Stock's search engine does a great job of showing similar images to what I'm looking at. They offer a wide variety of poses/shots for a single subject, so it's nice to have choices on subtle variations in pose, angle, aspect ratio, etc.
- Adobe Stock is always very clear whether an image is on the standard or premium license.
- Adobe Stock makes it easy to re-download previously licensed images.
- Sometimes search results in Adobe Stock return too many images, many of which aren't relevant to my search (at least in my own mind). That occasionally creates the need to do a lot of sifting.
- My organization has multiple initiatives that focus on teenagers. Images of diverse teens and pre-teens are often difficult to find, although I find this to be true of most stock image sites.
If your organization is on a tight budget or only needs small quantities of stock images, you may be better off using a free service like Unsplash or Nappy.co, but if you require a larger quantity and wider spectrum of imagery on a regular basis, an Adobe Stock subscription is well worth the cost. Stock also offers graphics and vector artwork, which can be very helpful if you have graphic designers on-staff.