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.[1][2] Well-composed shots leave space in the direction the subject is facing or moving.[1] When the human eye scans a photograph for the first time it will expect to see a bit in front of the subject.[3]

Without lead room
With lead room

For example, moving objects such as cars require lead room.[4] 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.[4]

See also


  1. "Lead room". mapacourse.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  2. Peter May (2004). The Essential Digital Video Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Videos That Make Money. Rotovision. ISBN 1-59253-024-9.
  3. "How to Improve Your Photography - Five Easy Composition Tricks". Tom Boné. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  4. "Framing Good Shots". Videomaker Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-09.

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