Image of a racing car with lead room
A portrait painting with more empty space on the side that the sitter is facing

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]

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. ^ a b "Lead room". 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. ^ a b "Framing Good Shots". Videomaker Magazine. February 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-09.