Headroom is the space between the top of an image and its frame. 

It’s also referred to as “negative space” or “matting.”

Headroom can be used to create a variety of effects, but there are two main reasons why you might want to include it in your framing:

To accentuate the subject matter by leaving more room above the photo than below it (this makes it appear as if there’s nothing beneath). 

This effect can help draw attention to an object that would otherwise be lost in its surroundings or background.

To make sure that no part of your image gets cut off by accident when you put it into a frame with different dimensions than those that were used for capturing or printing your photograph (for example, if you’re using an old photo).

How To Achieve The Perfect Headroom Framing

When you’re framing, there are a few factors to consider. 

The first is the size of your artwork and how much room you have on the wall where you want to hang it. 

The second is whether or not there will be any text on the piece (if so, make sure that it isn’t too small). 

And thirdly, think about how much space around each edge of your frame should be left empty–this will help create balance in your composition and keep everything from looking cramped in one corner of a room.

To achieve this perfect headroom framing technique, use tools such as pencils or pens along with rulers or straight edges if necessary during each step of creating an artwork’s border around its canvas surface area prior to adding any other design elements such as paintbrush strokes themselves which may include lines going horizontally across them vertically down onto said surface making sure not too close together either!

Headroom Framing for Different Types of Photos

Headroom framing is a great way to make your photos look even more impressive. 

It’s also a good idea if you want to avoid having your photo framed too tightly and losing some of the image’s impact.

Here are some tips for headroom framing:


If you’re framing a portrait, try placing it in an 11×14 frame instead of an 8×10 one.

This will give your subject plenty of room above their head (and below their feet), so that viewers can see them without being distracted by any other elements in the composition.

You might also consider using matting with an opening larger than 2 inches around each side–this will help draw attention away from any distracting background elements or edges that might otherwise distract from what matters most: your subject!

Using Headroom Framing to Create Impactful Photos

Headroom framing is a technique that can be used to draw attention to the subject of your photo, create a sense of scale and depth, or even just make it look like you took more time than you did.

The idea behind headroom framing is simple:

You cut out some space around the edges of your image so that there’s more white space around the edges than in the middle.

This gives viewers’ eyes something else to focus on besides just what’s right in front of them–and since most people tend not to look at objects in extreme close-up (unless they’re trying really hard), this approach tends to work well!

Tips for Working with Headroom Framing

When shooting your portrait, try to keep the subject’s head as far away from the edge of the frame as possible.

This will allow you to crop out any extraneous elements in post-processing.

If you find yourself with too much headroom after taking a photo and want to fix it, there are several ways that you can adjust your photo in post-processing:

Crop out some of the top or bottom part of your image (or both).

For example, if someone has their face too close to a wall or ceiling in one corner of their portrait, try cropping out some space above them so that their face is no longer touching anything but air.

Use tools like Liquify or Warp tools in Photoshop/GIMP/etc., which allow users to manipulate pixels on an image layer by layer until they achieve desired results

Choosing the Right Lens for Headroom Framing

When choosing the right lens for headroom framing, there are a number of factors to consider.

Lens Type:

The type of lens you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the type of photography you do.

For example, if you’re interested in landscape photography then a wide-angle lens may be best suited to your needs.

However, if portraits are more up your alley then perhaps an 85mm portrait lens would be more suitable?

Focal Length:

A focal length refers to how much space is captured by each millimeter at its widest point; this can range from 10mm all the way up to 400mm (and beyond).

As with most things in life there are advantages and disadvantages associated with each focal length so it’s important that before making any decisions about what kind of equipment will work best for your needs; first consider what kind
of photos do I want?

Composition and Headroom Framing

Headroom framing is the process of ensuring that your photo has enough space around it to be viewed and appreciated.

The most common way to do this is by using the rule of thirds, which divides the image into nine equal squares and places important elements in those spaces.

You can also use other guidelines like golden ratio or Fibonacci spiral in order to achieve great results with headroom framing.

Using Headroom Framing to Tell a Story

Headroom framing is a technique that allows you to create a sense of drama, mystery and movement in your photos.

Dramatic Headroom Framing:

In this type of framing, the subject is positioned at the top of the frame with space above their head.


This creates an impression that they are looking down on us from above; like they’re gods or royalty watching over us mere mortals below.

This type of headroom framing can be used to create an awe-inspiring effect on viewers when used with portraits or other types of photography where you want viewers’ attention drawn upwards towards something important happening in the scene (such as someone speaking).

For example:

Mysterious Headroom Framing:

In this type of framing, there is space above but not below your subject’s face which makes them appear more mysterious than if there were no room above them at all (see next section).

It also creates tension between what we know about our subjects versus what we don’t know about them yet – making them seem more interesting because they aren’t fully revealed yet!

You could use this type when shooting landscapes where there are mountains visible behind trees etc.,

so try experimenting with different angles until one feels right for both composition purposes as well as storytelling purposes too 🙂

Using Headroom Framing to Create Balance

Headroom framing is a technique that can be used to create a sense of balance, symmetry and harmony.


Using headroom framing to create balance means that you will use the space above and below your subject to create an even distribution of weight on either side of it.

This can be achieved by using different sized frames or by centering them in the middle of each frame so that they appear equal in size and weight.

For example, if you want to create a balanced photo collage with three photos side-by-side, try placing one large frame above two smaller ones instead of having all three frames be exactly the same size (which would look unbalanced).


When using headroom framing techniques for symmetry purposes, think about how many pieces go into making up your entire composition–and then divide those pieces into halves based on where they fall within your overall design scheme!

For example:

If there are six elements in total within one layout (elements include text blocks/lines), then try placing three items on each side so both sides look identical but still retain individuality amongst themselves at same time.”

Headroom Photographic Framing – Wrap Up

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this guide, and now you know everything there is to know about framing photos.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a frame for your picture is that every photo deserves its own unique treatment.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles, sizes, and colors until you find something that feels right for your photograph–the perfect frame could be just around the corner!