We usually move the camera closer or farther away to get the shot. The best tool in the collection is a tripod and after that lighting.
Here's the CNET Cheapskate thinking about another tool I might, just might add:
Perfect for when a tripod won't do.
Smartphone videos are getting very very nice.
I own a small business and I shoot some homemade videos for info on my products. I have no experience doing this and I would like to get better results. My son has a HD hand held video camera that we use it is a 1080P camera that is all I know about it he did not pay a lot for it.
The problem we have is in shooting video to get me in the picture with products in my hand for demonstration, to get me in the picture it is too wide if it were a still camera we could just flip it sideways to get the desired picture but the video camera then has me sideways.
Is there a camera I can buy that would work good for this? I don't want to break the bank but I also don't want junk. The videos are uploaded to youtube we then share the link on my web site. I do have a backdrop curtain and lighting. The biggest problem is when he is far enough away to get me from the waist up the 8' background curtain is not wide enough and the products loose a lot of detail.
Thanks and sorry for the amateur questions I wish I had the budget to hire a pro.