One of my mentors when I was young used to tell me " if a tripod is light enough to carry around conveniently it's no damed good.One told me, among other things, "Always use a lens shade, always. Use a tripod whenever possible" Amazing what 40 or 50 years of experience will teach you...
While I can get decent hand held results with a 4x5 graflex and and good form when the light is good, I like to cheat.
Old trick = a light chain screwed into the tripod socket, long enough to hang down to the ground where you can step on it. Step on it and it takes away a major axis of camera jitter almost as well as a monopod but way more portable.
If I've scouted an area and want to catch a particular scene, then tripod always because it's the best.
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