Originally Posted by BDD
As I said, I think it depends how you look at it. What your goal was in your macro photo. Are you trying to get everything in the frame tack sharp? Or, are you just trying to get specific items sharp...letting areas around the borders blur a little (as we've seen in many commercial photos).
It is possible to get every item (e.g. coins photo) tack sharp hand-held. I do have a few. I just posted one where the toonie was not.
So, I don't think we can say "thou MUST use a tripod" every single time. I think it depends on the situation and your goal.
I agree wholeheartedly! So long as you know what's going to happen, you can use it to your advantage.