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Head Room

Head room is the space between the top of a subject's head and the top of the screen frame.

In this shot, there is too much head room. It gives a feeling that the subject is sinking, and it makes your subject look small.
The shot on the right shows insufficient head room. The subject's head is cut off and is hitting the top of the screen frame.

To determine proper head room in a shot, you can apply the rule of thirds.

  • Divide the screen into three equal sections.
  • Place the subject's eye on or near the line of the upper third section.