A jiggly image is guaranteed to annoy viewers. Luckily, there’s an easy to avoid this pitfall.
When you’re shooting a tracking shot–that is, moving along with your subject– simply place you camera on a dolly. A dolly is a wheeled device that holds your camera and enables you to take smooth ovine shots. This assumes a location with an even surface to roll on.
You can create your own dolly from items found around most homes, for example, a baby carriage, a tricycle, or a tea cart. (Coming soon: an article on “Moving the Camera.”)
If you prefer something a bit more high tech, combine Cinetics MiniSkates Camera Dolly Wheels ($49.95, B&H Photo Video) and Joby’s GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod ($49.95, Joby). This combo is shown in the accompanying video.