Here’s a quick tip for phone photography. When you want to get a closer shot of something, don’t zoom in. That’s because your phone has a digital zoom instead of an optical zoom. You aren’t really zooming in, you’re just cropping the photo.
A digital zoom can make your photo unsteady or blurry. You either need to move in closer or just crop the photo later using the photo tools on your phone or your PC. You’ll be surprised at how good those crops look. Here’s an example from my Galaxy S4. The camera is 13 megapixels which means you could blow this shot up to a 15″ x 10″ image.
This is a photo of Emerson the Galapogos Tortoise as the Toledo Zoo. I couldn’t get closer to him, and 100-year-old tortoises move at their own pace, so he wasn’t coming closer to me any time soon.
I took the shot from a distance and cropped it later on my phone.
As you can see, it’s possible to get a very good close shot of Emerson by cropping.
It also gives you more options for just where your subject is in the photo later.