Nope, I didn't have to buy anything special to pull this one off. Just use my glass end table, my new ball head tripod, (which I absolutely love) a flag from the dollar store and my very own water from my sink. Hey, one quick question though, I'm learning the sharpening techniques, which I might also add, my photos are needing a lot less of, but I sharpen a little right before I save it,,but do I also need to do another sharpening say for instance when I resize it to send to you guys? I was wondering, because once again, this doesn't look as crisp as it did before I sized it...But nevertheless, it is COOL huh!!!!!!!!!!