Macro photography and tripods…
Macro lenses are expensive, about $600… A good tripod and ball head will set you back another $400. I often hear the question: “I can’t afford both right now, should I get the tripod or the macro lens first?” There is not much you can do with a tripod alone but if you use some techniques to steady yourself, you can certainly use the macro lens without a tripod. I use a tripod for work every day so I like the flexibility to shoot handheld when I am working on personal projects.
Breathe out, tuck your arms against your body for added stability, set your camera on rapid trigger to avoid camera shake with each shutter release and voilà!
This image was shot handheld in natural light!