Because the depth of field -- the area of a photo in sharp focus -- is shallow in close-up photography, much of your image will be out of focus. Use the focus lock feature on your camera to zero in on the area you care most about, and then compose your shot so the soft areas are where you want them (to the side, below, etc.). If you want a larger focus area, you'll need to either find more light or use a higher film speed or digital ISO setting. Jen Lessinger used a macro lens to get this super-size photo of her and her husband's wedding rings, putting the focus on an object that means much more than its small size would suggest.
SOURCES Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green), Autumn Leaves (cream). Font: Amerika Sans off the Internet. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (hearts), Making Memories (letters). Brads: American Crafts. Digital photo border: Two Peas in a Bucket. Design: Jen Lessinger.