even with a ball head i feel like vomitting blood when settting up a macro shot with its shallow DOF and close focusing.
for me it was random try luck pattern till i worked out sth
1) handhold and focus and compose (note distance from subject)
2) setup tripod open legs first then adjust ballhead
3) shift tripod to adjust composition and focus
is there a better way??? it usually takes so long that if i get uncooperative insects (like robber flies) i never get the shot!