I love your gruesome, blood-sucking photos, Jack!
I'm curious: I assume you must be using "live view" or something like that to frame your macro shots. True? Maybe it's time for me to upgrade my lowly S60 to a G9 or G10.
Yes, moving my ugly mug up to the camera would most likely scare those critters off, LOL
All I do is slowly extend my arm toward the insect/spider, look through live view on "macro" mode, hit pre-focus, and then push my finger.
I have zero photographic expertise, just a pretty good lil' ol' point-n-shoot