First of all,thanks for your critique. As regards the technique I use, it's actually very simple. For the dragonfly shot I had used a 4X magnifying filter - the cheapest approach to macro photography and notwithstanding what gets written on many mags, the results are quite good.
The aperture has to be small [high f number] so as to attain an adequate DOF. Zoom in to fill the frame [about 220] and use only manual focus. Built in flash is set on forced flash at -1/3 or -2/3 depending on ambient light. Flash is necessary with the aperture used, otherwise you would get a severely underexposed image.The trick is to creep [bodily] slowly forward till the subject becomes focussed [never actually touching the focus ring]and...bingo! take the shot.
I found that using a remote release actually reduces camera shake and I tend to support the camera on a monopod.
Hope this helps your macros......it's actually quite easy, I'm sure you'll be surprised at how quick you'll get results.
If you should require further explanations, please do not hesitate to contact on [email protected]'d be glad to assist
Best regards and happy shooting
colourful hunter (41) *