Close-up portrait photography: how to shoot unusual portraits in stunning detail

Close-up portrait photography: how to shoot unusual portraits with maximum impact

You might not realise it, but people can be some of the most challenging and rewarding subjects for macro photography. There’s almost an infinite number of ways in which the human body can be photographed, from friendly snaps to extreme abstraction.

With close-up portrait photography you can play around with all the angles, creating unusual portraits, exotic close-ups, and abstract artistic interpretations that use extreme lighting and imaginative, original photo compositions. In this tutorial we explain everything you need to know to get started.

Portrait Composition: how to compose a portrait that is classic and timeless

Portrait Composition: how to compose a portrait that is classic and timeless

Want to know how to apply the rules of photo composition to real-life subjects? Some have more relevance than others when it comes to portrait composition, depending on who you’re photographing. We’ll start by looking at how to compose a portrait in both formal and informal styles , then explain how a little visual savvy can make a big difference to your results.

Color Theory: best color combinations for photography (and how to take it further)

Color Theory: best color combinations for photography (and how to take it further)

Learning the basics of color theory can add instant impact to your photo compositions. In this quick guide we’ll take you through the best color combinations for photography according to color theory and how you can take it one step further to make truly amazing images.

Photo Anatomy: how legendary landscape photographer Joe Cornish sees an image

Photo Anatomy: how legendary landscape photographer Joe Cornish composes an image

In our new Sunday series on Digital Camera World, we select pictures by famous photographers and explain point by point what makes them work.

In our latest instalment we look closely at an amazing landscape shot by Joe Cornish, who tells us how he composed and shot this stunning scene in the glorious peaks of England’s Lake District.

Camera Angles: 5 ways to add impact with unusual perspectives

Camera Angles: 5 ways to add impact with unusual perspectives

Sometimes you can dramatically alter your photo composition just changing your perspective. This quick guide to using camera angles more effectively will help you take pictures you can be proud of. Inside we’ll show you 5 simple techniques you can use to alter your camera angles for dramatic effect.