Leaving "Nose Room"


When photographing an animal, person, or anything with a face, it's good practice to leave space in the frame in front of their face. Some people call this "nose room." The direction of the person's or animal's gaze causes the viewer to look that direction, too. It also suggests that the subject may move in that direction, since something has captured their attention. (In Jax's case, it's a ball he's waiting for me to throw.) So here I've left extra room on the right side of the frame for Jax to move into if he goes for the ball before I throw it!

Learn these and other tips in Fundamentals of Photo Composition which begins online Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.