There is 'generally' an option on you're camera for "macro" shots. It will look like a flower, selec tthat. Then it will let you auto focus on the object from a much closer distance, just make sure you have a very steady hand, or tripod and lots of light.
What kind of camera are you using, maybe we can help out?
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