Gear up use your head

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You don’t need an ex­pen­sive and cum­ber­some panoramic tri­pod head to shoot panora­mas, just a ball head with a pan­ning fa­cil­ity. An L-bracket with a quick-re­lease plate will keep the cen­tre of the lens on the ro­ta­tion axis. This will elim­i­nate any par­al­lax dis­tor­tion and make stitch­ing eas­ier.

Another piece of kit that makes life eas­ier when cre­at­ing panora­mas is the Gitzo GS3121LVL Sys­tem­atic Lev­el­ling Base (£190/$280). This will only fit Se­ries 3 Gitzo tripods, but if you shoot a lot of panora­mas, it’s worth the in­vest­ment. The main ben­e­fit with the lev­el­ling base is you will not have to ad­just your tri­pod legs if you are on un­even ground. You only twist the short col­umn on the lev­el­ling base and ad­just it us­ing the built-in spirit level. It’s very quick and easy.

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