It depends on the subject. I have a nodal slider (like the one below) but don't use it very often. It is needed if there are things in the foreground, but I seldom have problems with that.
Most of my stuff are not panoramas but more like extended images, which just need small movements, what I would call "uncropping". Do it often on the Hasselblad. One reason I do it may be that the viewfinder mask (from 56x56 mm to 49x37 mm) shows essentially four different crops (horisontal, vertical,56x56 and 37x37), that gives you ideas. The other factor is that I only have primes, so I use stitching instead of zooming.
The tripod head I use is the Arca-Swiss D4, with a levelling plate on the tripod. The D4 has rotation both at base and top. So I level the head and use rotation at the base. That rotation works well with camera tilted up or down.
Most of the stitching I do in Photoshop directly from Lightroom, select the images -> edit -> merge to panorama in Photoshop. That works well in simple cases.
For more complex work I use Autopano Pro.
The one below was probably shot on 50 mm, and it is composed of two exposures, with the second one containing a lot of sky. The stitching line was along the roofs of the buildings. Here I essentially composed for the buildings and the trees, but I realised the sky is really nice and made another exposure to include it. No nodal slide needed. Stitched in Photoshop
This one was a composite of three vertical exposures, intended to get a wider angle, moving backwards would change the composition. I don't know if I used my nodal slide. This image was most about getting the tree in the background inside the image. Foreground was not very critical. Stitched in Photoshop ( I guess).
The one below was just a cropped down image (I just found out) I also have a stitched version. It is shown as an attachment below. That image was probably stitched in AutopanoPro.
This one was also stitched, two horizontal images, the second one including the upper part of the boat. In this case I only needed the top part of mast and that would be an easy stitch in any program.
Nice Erik. Could you share what software you used to stitch? Did you use a "nodal" point slide plate of some kind? I have hesitated to try stitching, as I have no adapter. When I tried it by just taking two over lapping frames, ignoring nodal point, it was not successful.
Thanks for sharing