Metz Balázs – Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

When someone checks your website he/she will find some event and portrait photos. Before going deeper into details, I would like to ask you, what do you do day by day? Tell me a few words about yourself.

Hey there, I’m a 19-year-old “kid” from Târgu Mureș, studying dentistry. Trips are a great love of mine, especially unplanned ones, also I enjoy good music and spending time with my 2 labradors. Things you have to know about me: I’m very sociable, I love to have a good laugh and live my life to the fullest – which excludes sleep.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

What is your idea about this world? In your opinion, what kind of key values do we, human beings have?

That’s a deep one. There are a great number of core values that I appreciate in a person. Usually, the people I’m most drawn to are the kind, open-minded, funny ones, with whom I can have a good time. If we click and mutually respect each other, I can’t even ask for more.

What is your favorite motivational/inspirational quote?

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

I have to admit, I had to google that. The one quote that caught my eye was:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Concentrating the mind on the present, this is the main concept. However, I do not agree with the statement “do not dream of the future”, I myself am a dreamer, and the best thing about that is fulfilling and accomplishing the goals that you’d never thought you would achieve.

We learned that you are mainly a photographer/videographer.
When and why did you start taking photographs? What was your inspiration?

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

My passion started when I was about 16 years old. We went on a trip to Hungary with my family, and I captured some landscapes with my phone and realized that I love doing this. After I got home, I quickly ordered my first DSLR, a Canon 1100D.
Another big influence was my very good friend and ex-classmate, Bukur Tamás, now known as the president of MAKOSZ. He was my classmate from 9th grade to 12th grade and he was our “class photographer”. I initially did some shots, mostly portraits with his gear, and immediately fell in love with photography. That’s how it all started.
The end the year 2017 was when I started filming. The opportunity was given to me by the CEO of Designdropp Studio, Erőss László. Now I’m gaining experience in this field too.

Did you have any help, perhaps a mentor or a random friend with whom you tried growing your skills?

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

At the beginning I was self-taught and after a while I was lucky enough to meet some great people, local photographers, who were my main source of help, and I would like to mention them, because I wouldn’t have gotten this far in the field without them: Ferencz András, Bereczky Sándor, Böjthe Zalán. You can also check out their pages on IG/FB.

I noticed that you have mainly portrait photography published on your page. What are you feeling when you take a shot like that?

For me taking a good photo is happiness. When you take a shot of a person, you don’t just capture the facial expression or the style, but his/her personality and soul too.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

I think that warm colors are more dominant in your photos. Why is that? Which one do you prefer, warm or cold color grading?

Well, it is very obvious that I prefer the dominance of warm colors in my pictures. The most frequent color that you can see is yellow. Every photographer has a unique, personal style, this one is mine.

 

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

What is your recommendation for a good portrait photo? And for a good party shot?

Before I take a shot of a person, I try to create a friendly atmosphere, get to know them a little better so there is a certain level of comfort. Without this, it’s almost impossible to take a good picture of someone. People should feel relaxed when they are being photographed and it is the photographer’s job to achieve that.
A good party shot comes spontaneously. You watch the crowd, suddenly you notice a good moment and you capture it. Sadly, it is very easy to miss this, that is why you have to pay attention at all times.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

Why Canon?

My first camera was a Canon, I got used to it and I am very satisfied with that. I don’t think that I would ever hold any other camera in my hand.

What do you think; is it true, that it is easy to take a photo if you have professional, overpriced equipment, or is more about the creativity?

It’s mostly about creativity, but having a good gear is an important factor which doesn’t come cheap. In my opinion, you can take good pictures with both expensive or cheap equipment.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

Favorite place on Earth?

Plitvice Lakes National Park is amazing, and I would love to lay my foot there this summer. If you didn’t hear about it, you should check it out, I’m sure that you’ll see some breathtaking photos. On the other hand, I don’t find it necessary to travel that far, because lovely places are right under our noses here, in Transylvania.

Let’s move on and talk about Transylvania.
We learned that you live in Târgu Mureș. What do you like the most about it and why?

Despite it being so small, Târgu Mureş brings a lot to the table. Not only the city itself is lovely, but the surrounding areas as well. Also, the people here are very friendly and welcoming.

Best things to do in your city?

Have some coffee, cafés in Târgu Mureș are pretty good. Also, check out the Palace of Culture, go to Belvedere, there you’ll have gorgeous a sight of the whole city. I would recommend visiting it at night, all the lights give it a whole new atmosphere.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

Which one is your favorite place in Transylvania and what is the best thing you can do here?

Umm, that’s a difficult question. I have a lot of favorite ones. However, Brașov is where I prefer to be because there is always life there. I’m still exploring it, it’s a great touristic center. The best thing you can do there is going for a hike and visit the Brașov sign. The view is breathtaking, and I don’t think you can see anything like that in Transylvania.

Why do you think is important to know about Transylvania?

Visiting Transylvania is like a step back in time, a taste of history, you find out how and where our ancestors lived their life. These habits, traditions, and places are kept alive in our present.

Metz Balázs - Photographer, Filmmaker from Targu-Mures - Poze de Promotie - Ballagasi Fotozas

What do you like the most about the people and places from here?

I like the diversity of places and people living here. It’s as simple as that.

A recommendation for a foreign visitor in Transylvania?

If you’re coming to Transylvania, don’t just visit the popular places/cities, go for a hike and search for adventures. You won’t regret, I guarantee you.

You can find Balázs here:
Website / Blog: metzbalazs.pixieset.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/metzbalazs
Facebook: facebook.com/metz.balazs

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