...I am getting ready to face my ikea lights up towards the camera, but direct them at bent pieces of paper to diffuse the light. I bet it works.
It definitely does. I have tried it with both a white paper reflector and aluminum coated one with good results.
I was thinking more of something I can use to take up-close images. I seem to be running into a lot of questionable OMMs & RPMs... the old 'peepers' are not quite as sharp as they used to be.
There are several recent threads on USB microscope cameras. Some members have achieved very good results with them.