A tripod (or other way of stabilising the camera) is essential.
Some way of getting the camera to take the picture without your shaking meat paddles is also good.
I use a DSLR on a tripod, outside in (2-4pm summer time) sunlight (not as harsh), on macro (the little flower - it's a tulip - symbol) AND self-timer. Set focus (manual) and composition, Press the shutter button, step back and wait for the shot to happen).
If the light is bad, though, I use a flash (but it's a pro model that I can dial down the power on - so it doesn't hiroshima-level overexpose the shot) - it works well at a range of 35cm.
I am, however, an ex-pro-snapper and have more camera gear than the average joe miniatures player.
Smaller compact digitals can always be rested on the tabletop and used to get shots that way.
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