||06-28-2012 05:34 PM
Robk already said it all... so I have nothing for critique. However, what has been helping me learn is to look at really great stacks often and see where they are positioned, what they look like, where the owners move the dogs to get them there (proper technique really helps and makes the dog more relaxed to stay in place, thus, giving you a much better stack). You don't want to get your dog off balance or uncomfortable... there are certain ways to grab the dogs legs and move them to keep them more stable. I also did a lot of work in front of a mirror.... that was absolutely the BEST tool I used. When I don't have the mirror, I ask someone to help me and be my eyes... my SO does a great job at that now. When trying to take a picture, I definitely advice getting help. You want the dog looking alert and forward, not at you and confused. Also, as Robk mentioned, definitely get the picture level with the dog... directly at them, this way nothing is distorted by perception the picture angle creates. (also, on the photography side, you may want to stack the dog somewhere where the color doesn't blend with hers.... you want to have your dogs color pop in the picture... not dulled by the background noise. I try to get them in fields or on concrete... lets everyone see exactly what they look like)
I'm not 100% accurate, but with all the suggestions on here and some useful techniques.... I can at least get a decent stack now. There's many great ways to learn. Just some things I learned from here that helped! =)
Btw, your dog is very cute! He looks happy to do whatever you want him to do! Duke gives me the same "what are you doing?!" look when we work on stacking... lol!