27 Jan In a project entitled "Amazing Worlds Within Our World", artist Pyanek used macro photography to show everyday things in astonishing detail. close-up definition: a photograph taken from a short distance that gives a very detailed picture. Learn more. In the closeup shot, a certain feature or part of the subject takes up most of the frame. A close up of a person usually means a close up of their face (unless specified otherwise). Close-ups are obviously useful for showing detail and can also be used as a cut-in. A close-up of a person emphasizes their emotional state .