It can be hard to get your camera to focus on the main element of your shot if the object is tiny in comparison with the background. Manual focus is a way of getting round this problem, but point-and-shoot digital cameras rarely have a manual focus feature. So you'll need a little practice.

Step 1

Step 1

Focus the camera on something more substantial nearby - a leaf, for instance - and half depress the shutter button. Move your camera back in line with your subject and, still with the shutter half-depressed, slowly move towards the subject. Once the subject is focused on your screen, take the picture.

Step 2

Step 2

A tripod can be virtually impossible to use in macro mode because of the closeness of the lens. It will help the sharpness of your shot if you half-press the shutter button, wait for your shot to focus, then shoot. This will minimise shake. At such close range the slightest movement will ruin your shot.

Step 3

Step 3

If you're still getting blurry shots, you can significantly reduce camera shake by using the self-timer. This feature will help you avoid the hand movement that inevitably happens when you press the button to take a shot and it will allow you to brace the camera properly with both hands.

Step 4

Step 4