> Space > Lead Room
Lead Room: Note how there is more
space to the right, where the action
is going. The player is, CORRECTLY,
not centered in the frame.
to looking room is the concept of "Lead Room."
The idea here is that viewers want to see where
a moving object is going--not where it has been.
football game provides a nice example. When a player
is throwing, we want to see what is ahead (who will
catch the ball?)--not what's behind. So we frame the
shot to give him lead room.
simple terms, you adjust the shot to offer a bit more
room in the direction the person is throwing or running
or hiking or biking--and a bit less room behind.
remember watching a Green Bay Packer game as a kid that
must have had an inexperienced camera crew (the Packers
stunk when I was a kid, so the top network crews were
not visiting Wisconsin!) Anyway, the main camera operator
didn't seem to understand the concept of lead room.
It was REALLY frustrating to watch. I'd see shots of
Packer running back John Brockington with no lead room,
so there was no way to tell if he was about to be tackled
by a dozen evil Chicago Bears, or about to score a touchdown.