Shale, who professes to be “a Nikon man—and always have been,” uses a D2X, a D700, and D800. (“The trouble is you collect them as new models emerge.”) He uses 105mm f/2.8 and 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor lenses, and extension tubes when necessary. Lighting comes from two Nikon SB800 Speedlights. Focus, exposure, and flash are manual. “Autofocus does not work, and neither do autoflash settings for this sort of work,” he says. He shoots at 1/60 sec or faster, at f/11 to f/22, with the flashes set to around 1/64 power.