Macro Photography without Macro Lens is possible with some ways that let you to tackle macro photography reducing the spending acceptable compromise on quality. These are super amazing! I may be picking up a set!
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.