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The macro lens is forcing me to get to know my camera and equipment better. This week I learned how to change the autofocus point on the camera and reassemble my tripod so it can take photos near ground level.
Stability is important because closeup images of small things like the snowdrops often require good depth of field, requiring a small aperture. Depending on how much light is available, these have to be shot at a relatively slow speed shutter speed, around 1/100th of a second or more. Without lens stabilization, camera shake can blur the image. Using the tripod helps create sharp images.
It also saves my back having to maintain uncomfortable contortions while trying to hold the camera with both hands.