Making good UW pictures depends also on knowing and previsualizing the UW world
UW photography is dominated by two factors. First the hardware that you carry with you , camera, lenses, housing, strobes, just name it. Second, UW photographical
issues, like strobe positioning, lighting techniques, composition. But equally important is developing a 'good eye' for the UW environment. Ideally, you should already have ‘previsualized' that is, have in in
your 'minds eye' the scenes you want to catch with your camera. This is no spiritual hocus pocus but neuroscience. The human brain is a fantastic flexible organ that is capable of 'mental imagery': we can visualise objects or scenes that are actually
not present in our physical environment. A good eye will also help you recognizing at a single glance the beauty of a special UW scene.
Imaging the underwater sceneries in your minds eye is easier to accomplish if you are familiar
with the underwater sceneries. The images are then already 'stacked' in your visual memory, so to speak. A good way to help your minds eye is to make little sketches, for example a drop off with soft coral and the position of diver
along the wall or the position(s) ofthe shark you want you capture under water. If your target is a living species you should have an idea of the behavior of the species and the best way to approach it. Never
chase it, but just observe, anticipate and wait for that very moment (=a match with that ideal image in your mind) to come!