#KelbyOneChallenge (4: #SunsetsforShalin)

By Ajna Adams
KelbyOne Social Media Manager

This week’s #KelbyOneChallenge is both inspiring and sobering. The inspiration from this contest was sparked by the request of a family clinging tightly to the last days of the life of a 22-year-old son, brother, husband, friend. His name is Shalin Shah and at the time of their request he had just days to live.

Image via Huff Post.

Image via Huff Post.

Many of you probably haven’t heard the name, but it’s a name we hope you will think about the next time you watch the breathtaking colors of a brilliant sun tucking the day away. Shalin is a San Diego native who was recently diagnosed with stage IV synovial sarcoma. In an interview with Huff Post — “Shalin Shah’s Last Wish Is That People Treasure Life and See All the Sunsets” — Shah’s new wife explained that: “For him, sunsets really are about taking moments out of your day to appreciate the beauty in life.”

And so, with his days numbered, Shalin’s family has posted a request: They are asking people all over the world to appreciate life by taking photos of sunsets and posting them to twitter or Instagram along with the hashtag #SunsetsforShalin.

This contest is dedicated to Shalin for reminding us all that life can be but a moment — one that we should breathe in at every chance. We will be re-posting your images to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SunsetsforShalin. We encourage you to submit your photo via the link right below, but to also post to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SunsetsforShalin.




By Scott Kelby

The Secret to Shooting Sunsets
Excerpt from The Digital Photography Book, Part 2

Because you’re shooting into the sun, it can really throw your camera’s built-in light meter way off, and what looked so beautiful when you were standing there comes out, well, pretty lame.

Luckily, there’s a simple trick to getting perfect sunset shots every time. The trick is to aim just above the setting sun itself, but make sure you can’t see the sun itself through your viewfinder. Then, hold your shutter button halfway down, which tells the camera to set the exposure for just what it sees in the viewfinder right now.

This gives you a perfect sunset exposure. BUT, don’t let go of that shutter button quite yet (keep it held down), then you can move your camera and recompose the shot as you’d like it to look. By keeping that button held down, you’ve locked in that perfect exposure, and once everything looks good to you, just press the shutter button down the rest of the way and take the shot. You will have nailed the exposure and captured the scene perfectly.

Let me know about the next contest!