For those of you who like to get all the dents and cracks here's some inspiration for you.
Yousef Al Alhabshi recently made the cover in the Arabic version of National Geographic magazine. I've been following his work on Deviant Art for quite some time and what wins me over about his images is the light and the composition. The detail is just icing on an already tasty cake, so to speak.
I like the photos taken by Andrea Hallgass because they too are well lit and composed. He shoots both in the field and in the studio, and has separate rigs for both.
Most of you probably know John Hallmen but just in case I'll add him here as well. I really like his use of natural light because it's not dead even. Our brains are wired to process out of focus areas and shadows to determine the dimensions of an object, and with everything in focus and evenly lit it's easy for an image to look flat. Even though John gets a lot of depth in his images they don't look flat due to his use of light and shadow. He even worked out a way to deal with motion in post that might help some of you with uncooperative subjects.