Okay, so the image here is not a work of art, far less an impressive virtuoso of photographic skill. It's really easy to do. I used 2 flashguns (an SB-800 and SB-80dx for the gear-minded), bounced into a silk brolly each, positioned so that they lit the tray of insects below with an even 45 degree light from left and right sides. You can see a faint shadow under each insect. I left this on purpose as I want the bugs to look like they were shot on white, not cut-out and pasted on a white in photoshop. The image was shot for a friend who works at the Natural History Museum in Durban and was intended to be turned into a large A2 print (I've printed it on Epson's Fibre Paper on a Epson R3880 - and it looks stunning).
I've always wanted to do a shot like this. Yes, it's easy to produce. No, it isn't particularly technical, but I find the overall result quite compelling. I'd love to do more of them in fact. No one is paying me to do it though. So it's for my soul. And that's important.