Check out these macro lens quick tips from Canon. It's close-up photography made easy! Takeaway: I find some tips here useful such as the use of tripods to make the shot steady and also to shoot at bright lighting.
Beyond The Key - Building A Subtle Light Setup Lighting isn't easy, a world-class-perfectly-lit studio portrait happens with a lot of instinct and experience. A strong grasp of lighting comes with experimentation and practice.