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Finger Art Photography

Updated on February 22, 2014
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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.

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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.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I missed that paragraph...maybe too tired from working long hours....I read it again and saw where you mentioned it in the paragraph about using water

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Cardisa: yes it does mention that you need someone to do the painting and one or two always bring a smile to my

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      When I saw the topic I thought it was "finger painting" like dawdling on paper or using our fingers to paint stuff like

      I kinda like it, but don't we need someone else to take the pics or to pose the fingers?

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      randomcreative: Yes it is fun, especially on winter or rainy days when you can't go outside

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Such a fun topic! There are endless possibilities for this.