...and it is at those times I think I can take a sharp picture, up close, by holding my breath and willing myself not to move the camera.
Truth is...I can't.
It is next to impossible to not move even a little bit when you snap a picture. Normally it doesn't matter for everyday pictures but for pictures where you are on your macro setting or need detail up close it is always wise to use a tripod AND set your camera timer.
Anyway, just a tip for better pictures...speaking from experience.