At Best Web Gallery, I occasionally come across good Flash sites. In this post, I want to feature the best photographer sites (with amazing photos and galleries) that I've stumbled upon. Here are 15 sites that demonstrate excellent use of Flash technology to create beautiful photo galleries. Bookmark this page now if you like commercial photography or need to find inspiration to create your own Flash gallery.
1. James Day
With minimalism approach, James Day puts the focus on his beautiful photos. When mousing over the text menu, a preview of the project will slide up.
When you click on the large image, it allows you to zoom in and out.
The navigation at the bottom gives you quick access to the menus, turn thumbnails on/off, navigate the projects, and enter fullscreen mode.
2. Anders Bergh
Bergh loads all images on the homepage.
Click on any thumbnail to see an awesome fly-out effect.
When viewing a large image, it gives you options to go next/previous, zoom in/out, toggle slideshow, or back to thumbnail mode.
No fancy navigation menus or marketing text when you land on the homepage of Cowart's site. You'll know what to click once you enter the site.
Love the loading animation!
Click either the left or right side of the viewing area to navigate through the photos. Notice how beautifully the grayscaled image, currently being viewed, transition into a color image?
The title bar at the bottom displays the photo count and title. You can click on the thumbnail button to view photos in thumbnail mode. Click on the fullscreen button to toggle fullscreen mode.
Extra effort is put into providing a keyboard control. You can use the specified keys to navigate around the site.
My first impression of this site was: "Wow! Impressive photos!". Ciriljazbec definitely knows how to sell his skills by featuring a series of full size (and high resolution) images on the homepage.
When you are viewing the photos, it puts the main focus on the image and hide everything else. Moving the mouse around allows you to scroll the image.
On the right side of the navigation bar, you have the options to toggle: Slideshow on/off, Fit in/out, and Move Photo on/off.
Another nice loading animation.
The photo thumbnails are scattered out randomly. Click on the thumbnails to view the larger photo. The photos you've viewed are tinted with pink color.
When you click on the "align photos" button, it will align the scatter photos in a line. You can click on the thumbnails or drag the black circle to navigate through the photos.
The homepage of Vilamajo might look very plain, but click in the photography portfolio, you will discover its beauty.
The navigation bar at the bottom tells you how many photos are being loaded. As soon the photo is loaded, the tiny rectangle bar will become clickable.
The blue color indicates the photos you've viewed and yellow indicates the current viewing photo.
Click on the zoom button on the bottom left of the image to load a larger image.
7. Ad Vlemmix
Yet another boring homepage.
When you click on the portfolio link, it will automatically enter fullscreen mode. The photos are in grayscale and overlapping each other (it gives you a feeling that the photos are scattered on a table). Click on the photo to bring to front and turn to color mode.
8. Project 7-7
The homepage features a series of video clips in the background.
Once a thumbnail is clicked, a scaled up image of that thumbnail pops up. As soon as the high-res image is loaded, it will replace the scaled up image.
You can drag vectically or horizontally to navigate through the photos in the grid.
The top navigation allows you to quickly jump to different levels.
Be patient, go to the "Projects" section, watch as the thumbnails flow toward you and fade out repetitively in a cycle.
When you are viewing the large image, mouse over the title bar to see the project details. Mouse over the image title to see the thumbnails.
Click on the circular thumbnails or text menu to open the project details.
The overall transition effect on this site is beautifully directed.
See how a simple slideshow with pixelate transition can work out so nicely.
The sliding dock provides quick access to the high-res photos.
Don't miss out on the tiny slideshow timer under the "Portfolio" button.
The photo thumbnails look like they are flowing in the air.
Mousing over the thumbnail will blur it. When the larger photo is loading, the thumbnail of that photo will progressively turn into a negative image.
Jam3media creatively uses the thumbnails to form words.
14. Brook Pifer
15. Hello Design
Mouse over a thumbnail to display a series of project images like a carousel.
Click on the thumbnail to activate a slideshow.