Contrast is created not only through color but through the pattern of the shell and the softer lines in the background. Wentletrap Shell ~~~~ Shells are Swell – Beautiful Examples of Seashell Photography
On photographing sea shells. TOG didnt’t have a soft box, but came up with this really simple trick and it’s an elegant (and cheap and handy) solution for small objects/macro. Cut the bottom off a white plastic cup, and presto! You have a soft box.