"Elmegyünk a városba, és a híres épületek előtt fényképezünk."
Translation:We go to the city, and take photos in front of the famous buildings.
I don't understand the difference here between "elmegyünk" and "megyünk", can any native Hungarian speakers comment on the difference in how the sentence would be perceived with and without the verbal prefix?
As Hungarian doesn't have continuous tenses, often the prefixes show the difference between an activity that is in progress and an activity that gets finished. I think this is what applies here too.
I would say "megyünk a városba", if I was, for example, in the car with other people, heading towards the city, and a friend called me and asked me where I am or what I'm doing.
And I'd use "elmegyünk a városba", if I wanted the focus on the result, that is, being in the city. We have to be in the city to be able to take photos there. The importance of going there is the result, not the action itself, so the prefix is used to express this.
I hope this was understandable.
I do not understand why "taking pictures" is not accepted as a translation. I rarely say or hear anyone say "taking photos", it is usually "taking pictures".
The fun thing is, this actually means we take photos in front of the buildings, but not of them, nor of ourselves.