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- Eshi in D.Gray-Man has doing this constantly as one of his character quirks.
- May from Pokémon does this when she pretends to be on some kind of documented adventure.
- In RahXephon, Ayato often does it towards subjects he plans to paint.
- Done in Zan Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei by Chiri when adjusting a painting.
- In the Finder Series, Akihito does it in the island since he did not have his camera.
- Mio does in the prequel manga Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident to help learn how to focus her eye's magic sight.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable has the Big Bad Yoshikage Kira in disguise as Kosaku Kawajiri do this to line up an attack on Josuke, while mentally comparing it to Joe Montana going for a field goal kick.
Films — Animation
- Variant in Rango: Rango exhales on glass before drawing a screen with his finger. The Spirit of the West does the same thing while he's giving Rango the will to continue.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night: In "Movie Magic", when Rainbow Dash suggests that they could get minor roles in the Daring Do movie, Canter Zoom looks at them through the frame of his fingers while thinking it out.
Films — Live-Action
- The Brady Bunch was cast as the "Average American Family" in a commercial for Best detergent. The hippie director who directed the commercial did this.
- One of the candidates on the 2009 UK season of The Apprentice infamously did this constantly on the advertising task. it made him look like a pretentious idiot, as this often does.
- A character in one Cracker story did this a lot; he was somewhat autistic and fixated on movies. Someone else commented on it at a funeral that included the quote "We see the world through a glass, darkly": "You don't see the the world through a glass, darkly. You see it through your fingers."
- Midsomer Murders: One of the characters says "I've been framed" while making a similar gesture in "The Killing at Badger's Drift".
- In one of his shows, Derren Brown does this trick to take "mental snapshots" of coffee beans that have been scattered on a surface before asking a celebrity to pick a specific bean, mark it, and place it marked side down at a chosen place. Given who he is, Derren is able to find the marked bean.
- Kevin Nash became fond of this for a while, though using the variant with his thumbs and index fingers sticking straight out. He'd do this after whipping an opponent into the turnbuckle and just before following it up with an elbow.
- MNM, Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, liked to do this before their finishing move, "the snap shot". They even taunted Trish Stratus this way when Melina challenged for her title but were ejected by the referee before they could actually give her the move.
- The world of Amazing Island is set inside a giant storybook, so doing this actually allows you to take photographs. Well, they're called Fotos, but they're still pictures captured on your heart by the special bond between you and your monster.
- This is an idle animation in The Sims 2 and 3, for Sims who are involved in the Arts & Crafts hobby or have the Artistic trait, respectively.
- It is usable as a taunt in Team Fortress 2 called "The Director's Vision".
- In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games short "Photo Finished", this is a common gesture for human Photo Finish, along with her Catch-Phrase "Hold that pose!", usually preceding another frantic shooting session.
- Goofy does it in How to Hook Up Your Home Theater while figuring out where to put his new TV set.
- Used in the American Dad! episode "Stan's Night Out" in the B Story, in which Roger tries to be a beauty queen. He discovers that his date is taking him to a Pig Party. He then does this to the other girls at the party...and then looks at mirror, framing himself in it, and discovers that he is the Tomato in the Mirror (ugly, not evil).
- A zombie director in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Everyone Wants To Direct" does it. Then his hand falls off.
- Pinkie Pie does this (with hooves, somehow) while setting up a prank in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Griffon the Brush-Off".
- Eddie Storkowitz of Birdz does this a lot.
- In the Woody Woodpecker short "Arts and Flowers", Woody and an artist are in a contest for best painting of a desert flower. Both of them do this when they find the same flower to paint.
- There's a wearable-computing technology called SixthSense being developed at MIT that's controlled by hand gestures — one of which is the finger-frame gesture, which means "Take a photo of whatever's in front of me".
- The gravestone◊ of Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski is decorated with a sculpture of two hands making this gesture.