What emotions are most sought in stock photos?


Shutterstock, a stock photo services that sells images for ads, marketing materials, and the like, analyzed 500 million downloads to see what emotions their customers want to convey. Image above, "Cat feel lonely," from the "Sadness" collection.

Here are a few insights from their data:


* Demand for images representing sadness more than doubled in the last year.

* Joyous images are chosen five times as often as sad images.

* Fear is selected nearly twice as often as surprise.

"Design and Emotion" (Shutterstock)