Thursday, November 11, 2010

Riding Boots And Fashion

As testimonies to an age old occupation which is still fashionable, horse riding boots have a history of their own to tell. Riding footwear has been first developed for men and an entire masculine hierarchy was mirrored by these items of mens wear.

Commoners had horses as working aids, and would rarely use those to ride. Noblemen however needed riding boots to show their superior social status clearly, while still needing them to be flexible, tall, thick and insulating. The pleasure or parade riders from noblemens courts wore different boots when they were hunting or waging war.

The traditional material of which such footwear was made from was leather. Hunting took riders through dust and thorny bushes and sometimes into swamps. Hunting for food, not for pleasure, meant having to ride for long hours through difficult circumstances and in all seasons. Such footwear has become significantly taller than the knee, and laced at the back of the feet. If the boot itself was shorter, it was worn with chaps and gaiters.

Warfare used to be another activity in close connection to riding. Army riders were noblemen mostly, and their boots were a question of status as well. But wars meant having to ride at various paces with little other things to do sometimes for months. Cavalry forces had to wear uniforms, which meant that special footwear which was at the same time classy and universally easy to wear needed to be designed. The rounded or moderately sharp front design suits most kinds of toe shapes and the more or less precious finishing of the leather involved, as well as the best or less good quality leather used was made to do the rest.

So, although being a typical mens wear item that has gradually translated into the female world afterward, riding boots have always been an object of rigorous functionality standards and social concepts easy to be afterward translated in fashion. Alongside its rather stern look, fashion designers who have been attracted to this challenging footwear have added a lot of subtle elegance to it. Ladies riding boots should not at all be expected to be unisex and the exquisitely different lines of boots that top online specialized stores like BP Country supply are the best proof to that. You must remember that in the last two decades riding boots have in their turn influenced urban fashion design and browsing such collections will have you understand why.
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Revelation Of A Good Fashion Photographer


Photography is like a portal that stops time that restores memories and beauty to an object. A photograph is a symbolism of reality that recalls events that happened in the past. As the saying goes, Photography has the magic to make time stand still.

In the context of fashion photography, it captures the simple gestures of beauty so that it will not fade and can be seen by viewers. That is why; fashion photography is not an easy thing to do because every gesture of a model is important to depict beauty. Here are some of the tips and tricks for high fashion photography:

3 point light system:

The photographer must know the three point lighting system which is the key light, fill light and backlights. These three lights are very important to create balance and proportion to the model as well as bring out the best of the subject. If you would look at the pictures made by high fashion photographers it is as if the subjects are alive and has been preserved in a piece of paper. Moreover the trick is just to harmonize the lights used before taking a shot to the object.

Make ups:

Make-ups like foundation, concealer, lipsticks and more are important to make the subject more beautiful. Without make-ups, the subject will be dull and ugly. This can also be an alternative if the lights accidentally wont work out. The trick in make-ups are simple, you just have to balance the skin tone of the subject with the make-up. Also, in order to remove the pimples and acne of the subject you must use concealer to remove it.


Know the background for the shooting and make sure that you have the right setting. The background is like the spirit of the picture, if the background is boring, the whole picture will be ugly. You have to make sure that the outfit of the model is appropriate to the background to make a harmonious picture. Harmony is what makes a picture look more realistic and alive because it gives life to the subject.
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