I’VE SHOT MOST of my panoramic photos without a tripod. Yes, you read that correctly—I didn’t use a tripod for many of my panoramic photos and I have a really good reason. You don’t actually need a tripod as long as you pay attention to the overlap and use a shutter speed high enough to freeze any motion in the image, including any motion from camera shake. That and I didn’t have a tripod with me.

Camera shake is the small movements that happen when you handhold the camera. This becomes especially problematic at longer focal lengths. So how fast of a shutter speed do you need to use to freeze the action and ...

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