Everyone likes pictures. We all appreciate when people take the time to write reviews and then take more time to take, download, upload, and post pictures to go along with it. However, many times quite a few of the pics turn out like this: (Thanks Neil, I stole your pic for my point)
A blurry cigar with your shoes in focus. The problem is focal length. The camera can not focus on a subject so close to the lens. People tend to hold a cigar 1.5 to 2 feet away and its just not physically possible. Now if you are using a cell phone then there is nothing you can do but move the camera farther away untill the cigar is in focus. If you have an IPhone 4 then you are in luck because it takes fantastic close-up photos after tapping the screen to force focus on the cigar. I think my Iphone will focus up to around 6".
Now if you are using a typical point-and-shoot then there may be luck for you. Most P&S cameras have a "Macro mode". This allows the camera to focus on close up subjects like flowers. Therefore the icon is typically a flower. You may have to check your owners manual to figure out the menu sequence to find it but the icon should be the same.
Now even with a P&S once in macro mode there can be issues. Sometimes the camera flash is set in "auto" mode and there is little light so it uses the flash. The problem is the flash is too bright and too close to the lens to be usefull.
IPhone4 pic in good light with no flash. This was in my kitchen so the light was a little too bright and it blew out the contrast on the band.
IPhone4 pic with flash. Notice the white spot it created.
Less light. Not bad but better than with the flash.
If there is not enough light then you may need to add some. Gentile light is always better. My flashlight was too bright so I needed to soften it. I know this may be too far but just adding a little extra light can make a big difference.
These are just a few shots I took with my SLR. The lighting is not the best and I was at the max close range for the focus. I dont own a good macro lens eventhough I find the pics the pros can take incredible.
Going through looking at pics on here I can see there are some photography people here that have taken some impressive photos. ANinjaforallseasons has great pics here: The Ninja's cigar photos If anyone has any questions they can post them in here and I'm sure I or anyone else would be glad to help.