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HEADROOM

Definition of Term

  • vertical position of the subject where the eyes are ideally positioned one-third of the way down from the top of the image frame.

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Summary

  • In photography, headroom or head room is a concept of aesthetic composition that addresses the relative vertical position of the subject within the frame of the image.
  • Headroom refers specifically to the distance between the top of the subject's head and the top of the frame
  • The amount of headroom that is considered aesthetically pleasing is a dynamic quantity; it changes relative to how much of the frame is filled by the subject.

    HEADROOM RULES:
  • One rule of thumb (based on rule-of-thirds) suggests that the subject's eyes, as a center of interest, are ideally positioned one-third of the way down from the top of the frame.

  • Headroom changes as the camera zooms in or out, and the camera must simultaneously tilt up or down to keep the center of interest approximately one-third of the way down from the top of the frame.
  • The closer the subject, the less headroom needed.
  • In extreme close-ups, the top of the head is out of the frame, but the concept of headroom still applies via the rule of thirds.

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