Shooting close-up photos is fascinating and rewarding experience as it focuses on detail, texture or pattern and makes small things BIG. When shooting close-ups one need to think about perspective, as the subject is isolated from its environment and a unique context needs to be created.
A close-up is an image shot at close range, and differs from macro photograph, which is an extreme close-up that portrays the subject as life-size or greater-than-life-size.
You do not need to have professional camera to do close-ups, 50mm lens will do. What you may find extremely useful is a tripod – to ensure accurate focusing. 90/105mm lenses offer a greater lens-to-subject working distance, so you may consider buying one, if you are very serious about shooting close-ups.
For a good shoot try to use a shallow depth of field by isolating the subject from its background (set the aperture to a low number). If you do not use tripod, or you are shooting a moving object like a butterfly or insect increase shutter speed.
Always think about the light to avoid shadow cast over the subject. Fix the problem using flash and off camera lightning. Focus on a specific point, ensure the sharpness of the subject against the softness of the background and take a few shoots changing slightly the perspective.
Location: Killing Fields, Cambodia