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LEAD ROOM

Definition of Term

  • The space from the front of a subject to the side edge of the frame where dramatic energy is directed.

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Summary

  • For close-up shots, lead room is often referred to as "NOSE ROOM"
  • Well-composed shots leave space in the direction the subject is facing or moving.
  • 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 forward progress will seem impeded.

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