Take a look at the buttons on the back of your camera and see if you can find a picture of a tulip.
Try switching modes and taking your close up photos in "macro mode". Macro mode tells the camera that you are trying to take a close up shot of something and it re-adjusts the way it focuses. Here are a couple of examples. These are basically exactly the same photo (same lighting, same distance, same camera settings) except one is in regular mode (left) and one is set to macro mode (right). (Oops! You can even see the dog hair in macro mode.)
Not every camera is going to have a macro mode, but it is a very common feature. Sometimes you will find the tulip icon on a button or dial on the back or top of the camera. Sometimes you might need to dig through the menus to find it. If in doubt, check your owners manual.
After a brief hiatus, the Polish your Photos Series is back! Click here to see the rest of the series. About the author: Becka is a geek for fiber art and technology. She is the co-Captain of the SASsy mentors team.