I often hear that the best thing when dealing with floats in latex is to let latex do its thing and place them where it wants. I have mostly not listened to this but instead used the float-package and the H option to force the figures to where I want.
But then a while ago I decided to follow the advice and just leave it all to latex. This was for a report for class and I got a comment from the teaching assistant that I should avoid letting figures divide sections.
My question is therefore: Is latex float placement correct as in "if latex placed it there it is a proper place for it" or is it more like "if latex placed it there it makes the page look good from a distance".
To me these are two totally different things. It may look good, text flowing evenly around figures and tables but not be readable. And it may look worse, chunks of white space before/after figures but be really readable.
I would really appreciate some input on this.