Participants to my workshops ask me every so often, how do I always manage to make pictures with spot on compositions every time, all the time?
The answer is simple, I spend more time looking for the picture instead of taking it. And of course, I would never leave home without my viewing cards. They are the ones that really assist me on finding the right composition. They are the ones that come out of my camera bag first. The gear for taking the actual picture always comes out of the bag last.
You must have seen it yourself time and again. You know there is a picture in there somewhere, right in front of you but can't really see it. This is where the Viewfinder comes in very handy. It helps to isolate a specific area in your view and assist you to find the perfect composition, every camera bag should have one.
I used to make my own cards from a variety of materials, they ranged from frame mounting paper to cardboard or even plywood. The problem was that one way or another I would have to make a new one as the existing one would get wet or break. I had to find a better solution to the problem.
After extensive research, I ended up with a material that was very robust, flexible, waterproof and very light. This had to be Polypropylene. Laser cut with smooth edges and of course the appropriate 3x2 ratio that can be found in most common digital slr camera sensors today.
This post is not to promote my cards as you can make them yourself. It is rather to promote the idea that everyone should own one as it helps greatly.