Is a tripod absolutely necessary for macro photography? I do not like using a tripod. My husband put his camera on a tripod the day he bought it and he will not remove it! He never takes a photo without the camera being on a tripod. All he really shoots are flowers. I on the other hand like the freedom of using the camera for a variety of things at any given moment - shooting a bug perhaps, then being able to swing around and shoot a bird flying past for lack of a better way to put it. He prefers using a very low shutter speed for most everything he shoots. I like a more versatile shutter speed and 1/60 is about as low as I like to go. Is there a right or a wrong to this macro stuff or is it a matter of preference. I bought a book on Macro Nature photography - many of the photos within the book are of animals shot with small macro lenses or close up lenses and frankly I can get just as close with my telephoto. What I want to try is getting the stamen of flower, to see the fuzz on the stem of a flower, a fly so close you can see the veins in its wings. I have 105mm macro - so would I have to use a tripod with it, to get the really really close up stuff, or would hand held work? Thanks for your patience and responses.