Hand holding the smartphone very close to moving subjects, like bees can be very frustrating and challenging. As you can see in the above illustration, the movement of the camera can easily shift which part of the scene at close range is in focus. Fortunately, as discovered in lesson 2.4 Manual focus using Adobe Lightroom app, you have a green overlay on your image preview communicating in real-time where the camera is in focus.
Flowers moving in the wind - Holding a flower stem in one hand while you take the photo in the other hand can steady the flower. Depending on the lighting and your camera manual settings, the moving flowers can become a contrasting blurred background.
Capturing walking insects - My big tip with this one is to minimise the movement options for the insect. Recently, I captured some bull ants on a floating piece of moss inside a bowl. This created a moat around the moss preventing the bull ants from running the area. I started with the smartphone on a little tripod, however, ended up hand holding the camera and used the green manual focus overlay to tell me if I had to move fractionally closer or further away.
Capturing flying insects - Who doesn't love a great, detailed bee image? I have two different techniques for you to try here to ensure the perfect sharpness.
1. Turn on the manual focus mode inside Adobe Lightroom camera. Set the focus to 0%. This activates the green focus overlay. Have your smartphone attached to a selfie stick (or handhold if you are brave) and physically move the smartphone back and forth in a rocking motion as you capture lots of photos. They are free. It is not like when I started photography and every capture cost money to process. You will find a couple in the many that you have absolutely nailed the focus. It may take quite a lot. Be patient and have fun.
2. The other option is to set up your smartphone on a tripod next to where the flying insect consistently lands and capture multiple images as they move about. This may require a remote Bluetooth shutter or earphones attached to some of the older smartphones.