Lead room

The distance between the subject and the edge of the frame in the direction the subject is looking.
Lead room

In photography, filmography and other visual arts, lead room, or sometimes nose room, is the space in front, and in the direction of, moving or stationary subjects. Well-composed shots leave space in the direction the subject is facing or moving. When the human eye scans a photograph for the first time it will expect to see a bit in front of the subject.

For example, moving objects such as cars require lead room. If extra space is allowed in front of a moving car, the viewer can see that it has someplace to go; without this visual padding, the car's progress will seem impeded.

Key Terms

lead room
nose room
space front
stationary subjects
visual arts
well composed shots

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Lead room
Look room
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Last modified on June 4 2019
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