A wide angle lens gives you a larger view of the foreground. This is because the focal length of a wide angle lens is shorter than a focal length of a normal lens. Wide angle lens also influences the perspective of the shot. It depends completely on the location relative to the subject.
Let’s presume you are composing the shot of a pup, you are focusing on the pup which is in the foreground, right? Now the background turns blurry, when you use wide angle lens. The distance is compressed. See this example here.
Actually this is a post that I wrote when I came across a project on one of the freelance sites, that I thought was challenging. It was challenging for two reasons. One, I had to write about a technical aspect – a wide angle lens and two, in one hundred words. Though I love photography it is limited to just admiring a good picture. I wrote this post to let know the potential client that I am capable of handling these kind of projects too. They involve research and I believe the client deserves the best effort.
A press release is an official statement or an account of a news story that is specially prepared and issued to news media. News media includes print media like news papers and periodicals and electronic media like TV and Radio.
In some parts of the world the Press Release is also known as News Release, Social Media Release or a Press Statement. They are mostly used by Public Relations Offices. A press release is either emailed, faxed, sent by courier or delivered by hand.
A press release while informing the reporters of the news, encourages the media person to write an article.
When is a press release useful ?
A press release is useful when an event is developed into an article.
Let us presume a manufacturing company has a new product to offer. An attractive press release would encourage the press to report it. While a new induction into the board of directors is informed to the public through a press release, the individual also may have press release informing of his or her new status. A budding singer has opportunity and she is cutting / burning a disc. She releases a press release informing of her career launch.
A new film is being launched. There is a press release giving the relevant details of the casting and the technical crew and such. A famous couple have a baby. A press release announces it. There is an accident on the high way. The authorities release a press statement. There is an imminent weather catastrophe. The weather bureau or the concerned department releases a press release. Some one important is ailing and is undergoing treatment. The hospital authorities release a press bulletin periodically. The VIP passes away after a prolonged illness. There is a press release. Your car manufacturer has opened a new service point near your home. They release a press release. All these occasions use a press release.
What are the benefits of a press release?
Recognition: While Joe Bill joins ABC as it’s Global Sales Head may not get the attention of the media an opportunity to interview Joe Bill on Prospects of Global Sales during recession would definitely help the media remember his name.
Web Site Popularity: A press release on your site about current trends encourages media to visit your site and quote you. More publicity.
Become Expert: Joe Bill keeps sending them the press release and they remember his name. There is new trend in business and Joe Bill can always share his opinion and in the process leverage his presence to become the expert on the issue.
Cost Effective: It is much easier for you to release the same copy to many. You need not individualize the content of the press release.
Now that we know what a Press Release is let us move to the next step.
What are the components of a press release?
The components of a great press release are:
Headline — Is the heading of the press release. Generally the font, type and the size is different from the rest of the content of the press release. While attracting the attention of the media person it should also ideally summarize the news content.
Dateline — This contains the date of the release and the name of the city where it is being released.
Introduction — This paragraph addresses the five Ws and the H. They are:
* Who? Who are going to be involved or was involved?
* What? What actually is going to happen or happened (what’s the story)?
* When? When is going to happen or did happen?
* Where? Where did it take place or where is it likely to happen?
* Why and
Body — The body of the press release elaborates with explanation giving vital data if any with relevant back ground and any other information that may be relevant to the content.
Boilerplate — This small paragraph throws light on the back ground information of the issuing company / organization or individual.. In other words it mentions “about” the company.
Close — It is convention in North America to indicate the close of News Release with the symbol “-30-“.
The “###” symbol also indicates the same. In other parts of the world “ends” at the end of the text indicates the the news is complete.
Contact Information: – The complete address of the Public Relations Office or the Media agent or the sender is given here. This would help the media contact for further information. The complete address is includes phone numbers email ids etc.,
Always make sure that the press release is addressed to an appropriate person. A bland press release may not bring in the expected results when it is not individually addressed to either a person or the publication or the company. *826 words