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Budapest sightseeing – photo tour with Bakonyi Zsusa

Budapest sightseeing - photo tour with Bakonyi Zsusa

We start a new series to show the diversity of sightseeing tours of Budapest. Let’s start with the most interesting tour led by Bakonyi Zsuzsa, with whom we can discover the city through the lens of our camera.

User Guide – differently
We wanted to try a tour with Zsuzsa where there’s just as much emphasis on the photo shooting as on the current syllabus. We entered a downtown walking tour with a focus on the Jewish quarter. Previously we agreed with Zsuzsa on what kind of camera I’ll bring, what I already know and what I’m hoping to learn in the 3-4 hours we’ll be roaming on the streets. The questions were specific enough to let us know that we’ll have a well-prepared guide.
Zsuzsa is just as good at teaching as with taking beautiful photos (see examples here and here), which, based on our experiences so far, is a rare trait in this field. She talks about shutter speed, aperture, exposure value and white balance commonly before the walk so that we can practice right away. She also fills us in regarding tips and settings, acting like a master disguised as a good friend, trying to share her knowledge with you the best she can.
Naturally, there are people who are not so interested in taking photos as they are in info abut the city – they usually arrive with digital cameras that don’t need much tweaking. However, if someone enters a photo tour alone, they will definitely pick up some skills about the nature of light, ratios and the art of positioning.
In the center
Zsuzsa is the happiest if people ask her questions, peek, try, and click with the camera again. She can talk about history, art history, architecture, and urbanistic relations for long minutes without anyone even asking; so it’s better, faster, if we ask about what we’re specifically interested in.
We might be exaggerating, but Zsuzsa is truly multifunctional in the best sense of the word, and thus the Jewish quarter chapter comes to a close. We go much closer to our cameras that you cannot learn to control just from a user guide. Here’s an example: we wanted a blurry background, and in order to achieve it we only had to practice how to stand in a good angle, focus on one point only, and to leave the blende wide open. Lo and behold: