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Explorer: Gary Schmid

Explorer: Gary Schmid

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Gary Schmid

Austria-born Gary Schmid is an international commercial and travel photographer who works from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He trained in the days of film and was very quick to realise the potential of digital imaging, becoming an early user of the technology.

After completing his studies and gaining a Master Craftsman's Diploma in Photography, in 2005 Gary opened his own studio in Austria. With more business coming in from the Middle East, in 2009 he moved to Dubai from where he now covers the whole of the Middle East and Africa.

Gary’s commercial photography is very varied, with no two days ever the same. One day it could be a luxury hotel interior; the next it could be a beautifully prepared meal for a brochure. On the rare days when he does find time to take pictures for himself, his passion is travel photography.

Gary likes to challenge himself and states: “challenging myself on a global scale in many different forms of photography helps to maintain a fresh style. It enables me to continually strive for excellence.” His photographs have been published in various magazines around the world, as well as being used on many different items of food packaging. He shot a complete cookbook recently for a local chef and his travel photographs have been displayed in art galleries in both Dubai and his native Austria.



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  • EOS 500D
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  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
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