Just found this forum and wanted to check out people's work, but the pics are pretty bad, even for people who say they use a 3 megapixel or better camera
If you try and take closeups in *auto* mode with standard settings, your camera will likely have a tough time focusing on the model and will often focus on stuff further in the background. Most consumer cameras have special settings for this.
1.) Find the setting on your camera for taking MACRO shots. On a Nikon, this will be in the scene menu, I think it is the same for Canon. Set it to MACRO.
2.) Take the camera and STABILIZE it. If you try and take a macro shot while holding the camera, you will shake too much naturally and blur the image. Best thing, put camera on a book, or the tabletop. Once it is stable and focused, snap the pic.
3.) For best results, you can even figure out how to make your camera take timed shots. Here you set the camera up to take a pic in some number of seconds (usually 10). Then leave the camera alone and let it snap. This way you don't even touch it while it takes the shot.
I'm not a photographer, but I know this is what I do when I need to take detailed pics of small objects.
Hard to appreciate everyones paint jobs when things are a big blur