XXLRay raised a point in my recent video post about stabilisation, and I'd like to throw out a question. (I'm quite happy to receive this feedback, just looking for some clarification).
It gets mentioned in a lot of critiques on this forum, but I am a little confused because I see it all the time in everything I watch from movies to music videos, and of course it is widespread in documentaries - often deliberate.
So when is it acceptable and when isn't it? I can't believe there is a hard and fixed rule, but is there some sort of guideline or etiquette here?
I mean camera shake on a dodgy tripod looks bad when it's obvious the film doesn't warrant it, so is it like lighting - does it have to be motivated?
Or is it that it's an old wives tale, in that it goes on all the time, but it's an easy critique to make, and the criticism isn't really justified at all?