Premium New Year’s Resolutions

Another year has passed, we have entered 2020 and the first thing we would like to do is to thank all of you, our readers, for all your support since the birth of this project. We could not forget all the photographers who made this possible, by sharing with us their stories, their travels, the landscapes they captured, the portraits they’ve made, their whole experience using Fuji equipment and a series of precious tips that we also can put into practice.

Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @18mm . f/8 . 20″ . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/30″ . ISO 200
Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @20.5mm . f/3.2 . 0.5″ . ISO 200

Whenever a new year begins, we often think of a set of resolutions for the next 365 days. Everyone knows how it is; we have all done it. Lose weight, buy a new car, keep good health, take a trip, write a book. If we think about it, many of these items are more like wishes than resolutions. A resolution is a decision or at least an intention. That’s why many people have already quit this habit, because year after year, many of the “wishes” don’t come true. But this is evident because unless you are very lucky, wishful thinking is usually not enough.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 @200mm . f/5.6 . 1/400″ . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 @57.8mm . f/5.6 . 1/200″ . ISO 200

Is it then worth making New Year’s resolutions? And is the beginning of the year the best time to do them? The answer is yes to both questions. Indeed, any time of year is good for making resolutions. It is customary to be in the new year because a new cycle is beginning, a new period counting. But not least is the fact that a lot of people can take a few days off at this time, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, which allows us to look back on the year that is ending, what went well, what remains to be done and write a list of goals to be met over the coming year.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 @23mm . f/6.4 . 1/400″ . ISO 200
Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @25.4mm . f/13 . 8.0″ . ISO 200
Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @18mm . f/2.8 . 1/8″ . ISO 800

“And what does all of this have to do with photography?” – you ask. We will reach this point later. But first, let’s think why systematically every year the resolutions made in the previous year fail. There are two main reasons why this happens:

  1. We formulate wishes instead of resolutions;
  2. Resolutions are often defined only in terms of “goals” to be achieved.

Let’s take this second reason and look at why the goals are often not achieved.

When we think of a goal, however well defined and concrete, it is a point of arrival, a purpose to be achieved. And we are at the starting point, not knowing the way to get there.


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