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Shooting Sea Shells - You don't always have to be beside the seaside when photographing shells.
CameraYou normal DSLR outfit would suit perfectly well, especially if you have the accessories to get you in close to fill the frame. If not, explore the subject with a digital compact with a good close-focusing mode.
At HomeIf you are at home, you can even press the flatbed scanner into service. In fact, the flatbed scanner is a very good capturing device if you want to try something different. I recall meeting a photographer a while ago who went round scanning plants in situ in his garden using a laptop and the scanner connected to a very long mains extension lead.
Assuming you are away on holiday and therefore away from base, you are probably limited to what lighting accessories you might have available. However, that is fine because sunlight is perfectly good and you can always improvise with props, reflectors and so on. For example, a coloured towel can make a for a background and a white one would work well as a reflector. A little ingenuity can go a long way.
At home, try using domestic lighting, doing a custom white-balance first to ensure a neutral result. Or just shoot and accept any colour cast as creative.
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