Road Trip Camcorder Tips
By the Editors at RoadsideAmerica.com
4) Up Close and Far Away
The RCA Small Wonder digital camera can get in close, sort of… and automatically refocus on the fly between subjects both close and distant. It's not a fancy high-end camera with a macro setting, but give it a second and it can adjust.
For example, if we play that haunted axe murder house footage, we might see a vaporous apparition appear in the distant corner of the room, notice the camcorder, and race forward to within inches of the lens. The Small Wonder can ably handle rapid changes in subject focus (though perhaps not when it's a wisp from an astral dimension).
You can also play with distance by flipping out the little monitor and digitally recording yourself. Point the camcorder into your mouth, scan over your bicuspids and incisors…then pan over to, say, a giant tooth beside the highway.
This was easy for us -- there is just such a Giant Tooth in Hutchinson Mills, New Jersey, at a sculpture garden that stretches along the highway near the train station. We paired that clip with one we shot the week before of a large demonstration mouth at the Kansas Learning Center For Health in Halstead, KS.
Little teeth -- say aahhh. Giant tooth -- say AAAAHHHG!!