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I've done just about everything you've suggested, with the exception of the white adjustment. On my camera, when pushing the "flower" button to get the macro setting, I can get two. I use the second, closest one. I shoot with two 100 watt swing arm lamps(actually the ones on the work desk!) as well as the overhead light in the room. The problem is, when I get all the detail I want to capture and show, the flash is washing it out, or is "over-exposing" the subject. If I can shhot outdoors in sunlight, obviously I have no problems, the pictures look very impressive.
I'll give it another go with the suggestions you've made, and I'll let you know what happens!
Oh, as far as editing on the PC, check out an editing program called PhotoScape. Fantastic for adjusting pix! (I have no affiliation)