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Hold down the OK button for more than one second. When the focus selection screen appears, press cursor-left to select MF. Use cursor-up/down to focus. Hold down OK for at least one second to save the setting.
This is from the "Manual focus" section in the manual (page 73 in my copy).
Press cursor-down to toggle the macro setting. Press cursor-up to cycle through the flash modes.
The flash modes are described in the "Using the Flash" section of the Basic Guide (page 9 in my copy) and the macro mode in the "Shooting Close-ups (Macro)" section (page 10). If you need the manuals, you can download them from the manufacturer's web site at http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_a_series/powershot_a610#BrochuresAndManuals
Your lens is the limiting factor to take macro photos, the kit lens provided with you camera won't focus very closely, nor it will have decent magnification. There are special purpose macro lenses which can stretch up to and over $1000 for a decent quality one. Tamron's 90mm f2.8 is probably the best value one.
A tripod will be of benefit too, as it slows down the process, so you think about your composition, use manual focus and a small aperture for better depth of focus (field).
Page 16 of the user manual explains how to set up the camera for the macro mode. If you are using regular macro mode then you would also need to set the flash mode to off if you do not want it to fire automatically (page 15 of the user manual refers how to disable the flash). If you are using the super macro mode then the flash would be set to off by default.
You may be beyond (up to close) the focal capability of the lens. Even though there is a macro setting, the lens may not have the capability to focus on an object that close (without adding an external macro lens). The specification on the minimal distance for focus should be listed in the owner's manual.
I didn't get one for my p73. Google owner's manual for Sony p93, and you'll be able to download the entire thing for free, (on Adobe Reader). Macro is the little flower looking emblem. You should us a tripod, too and your self-timer. Ed
yes, use manual setting and stop down your aperture setting. This was probably f/2,8 or even 2,0. You'll need more light though or other wise a slower shutter speed to compensate for the more closed down aperture. This is a standard issue with macro and worse off with digital due to the inherent relatively narrower DOF that comes with a small image sensor.