When you take close-up photos, a shaky hand and bad lighting show up even more. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to perfect a close-up photo, whatever the subject matter is. * Set Up the Subject Matter – Put the subject matter where you want it to be first, so that you can move the camera in for the shot as close to it as you want. That way you don’t have to worry about setting up the shot all over. * Determine the Background – With close shots you will not be able to determine what the background is because it will be so close. But, the background colors matter a lot and should be in contrast to the subject matter to ensure that you can see it well enough. * Consider the Shot – When you are setting up the subject matter, decide what you most want to show in the shot. Do you want to show the words on a penny or do you want to show the penny? Looking through the lens at what the camera sees will be helpful to getting the best shot. If you can’t see it, neither can the lens. * Use a Tripod – Since any shaking will show up more with a close-up shot, then you want to be sure to use a tripod to keep the camera steady. You’ll be glad you did it because no matter how good you are, the tripod is better. * Set the Focus - You want to use macro mode, which enables the camera to photograph clearly images that are close to the lens. It’s great for taking sharp images of flowers, bugs, small items, or anything an inch or so from the camera. * Turn off the Flash – For any close image the flash is not helpful, because it will actually ruin the shot. Turn it off so you don’t have to worry about it and use other types of lighting for your shot, often reflecting off the image. * Set Up Lighting – Use some kind of diffuse light so that you don’t have too many shadows. Alternatively and even better, is natural light from the outdoors. That will help you have one less thing to worry about. * Set the Timer – The timer is important, because otherwise when you press the shutter you’ll likely move the camera. If you set up the shot, and then get it started after the timer is set, the image will be a lot better. With these tips you can take excellent close-up photos. The main thing is to take chances and practice the shots to get better at taking close-up shots of your subject matter choices.