Finger Art Photography
Finger art is probably one of those "art" styles which was created by someone with a lot of time on their hands or maybe a photographer who ran out of ideas for things to photograph.
Regardless of how this artistic expression evolved, this is a very entertaining photographic project which can be done with very few pieces of equipment although you will need some markers, some paint, maybe some paper, scissors and other assortment of props small enough to be used on fingers. off course you will also need a volunteer or two which will be the "models" and don't forget creativity tinged with a sense of humor.
Useful is if you can get several very small props like balls, writing utensils, kitchen wares, head gear. You can also make some of the props yourself or use those that usually are part of a child's play set. You never know where one of these props will come in handy during the shoot.
The technique is rather simple; you draw or paint designs, faces or almost anything that will fit on a finger. The designs, the drawings can be caricatures, faces, animals, little eyes, smiles and so on.
The next step would be to get creative with the finger poses, not just painting a face on a finger and taking a photograph of it. The key is to pretend that the fingers are actual people with personalities and pose them as you would regular people. Think of using creative backgrounds that become part of the scene. Construction paper like the one regularly used for school projects works well and digital backgrounds can also be used too.
Your "subjects" can be decorated in very elaborate ways or very simplistic with nothing more than by using a ballpoint pen.
These images can often be sold to greeting cards companies where they are used in comical themes and for everyday and reason.
Remember to use water soluble paint and to avoid getting paint on your valuable photographic equipment, the painting should be done by someone else on the "models".
If your shots get very elaborate and the designs are quite complex they will be shown better if propped against a dark or black background, this way your audience's gaze is directly aimed a the the subjects with nothing else to distract them.
Also consider using a snoot or narrow bean of light to illuminate the subject and nothing else as well as using a diffuser on the light source to lessen the possibility of creating harsh shadows.
Take note that the whole idea is to frame the finger or fingers by themselves and to include as little of the hand as possible.
This way the fingers take a personality or life of their own and they appear as if they are individual personalities.
Therefore frame judiciously or use a digital editing software later to edit and crop your images thus eliminating any distractions from the shot.
If you want to do some research and perhaps gather some ideas, there are several sites that show images of this technique as it has been growing in popularity in the last few years.
Noteworthy samples can be found at flickr and Deviantart.
- Funny Finger Art (20 Pics) | Pleated-Jeans.com
Sometimes, all it takes is a pen and a little imagination to turn your boring old fingers into something much more interesting…
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This artist is working his finger to the bone. Italian artist Dito Von Tease creates freaky finger portraits not only to make great art, but to tell an even better story. These works of art may highly resemble Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo and Mr. T, but t
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