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.

menu

When you click on the large image, it allows you to zoom in and out.

zoom

The navigation at the bottom gives you quick access to the menus, turn thumbnails on/off, navigate the projects, and enter fullscreen mode.

navigation

2. Anders Bergh

Bergh loads all images on the homepage.

home

Click on any thumbnail to see an awesome fly-out effect.

fly-out transition

When viewing a large image, it gives you options to go next/previous, zoom in/out, toggle slideshow, or back to thumbnail mode.

view options

3. Jeremy Cowart

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.

home

Love the loading animation!

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?

viewing

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.

title bar

Extra effort is put into providing a keyboard control. You can use the specified keys to navigate around the site.

keyboard control

4. Ciriljazbec Photography

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.

home

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.

viewing

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.

options

5. Nil

Another nice loading animation.

loading

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.

scattered photos

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.

align photos

6. Jesus Vilamajo

The homepage of Vilamajo might look very plain, but click in the photography portfolio, you will discover its beauty.

home

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.

thumbs loading

The blue color indicates the photos you've viewed and yellow indicates the current viewing photo.

navigation bar

Click on the zoom button on the bottom left of the image to load a larger image.

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7. Ad Vlemmix

Yet another boring homepage.

home

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.

scattered photos

8. Project 7-7

The homepage features a series of video clips in the background.

video intros

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.

loading

You can drag vectically or horizontally to navigate through the photos in the grid.

drag navigation

The top navigation allows you to quickly jump to different levels.

zoom levels

9. PMA | mis-arch

Be patient, go to the "Projects" section, watch as the thumbnails flow toward you and fade out repetitively in a cycle.

floating toward

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.

thumbnail bar

10. Dvein

Click on the circular thumbnails or text menu to open the project details.

circular thumbnails

The overall transition effect on this site is beautifully directed.

large image

11. Thomas Spiessens Photography

See how a simple slideshow with pixelate transition can work out so nicely.

pixelate transition

The sliding dock provides quick access to the high-res photos.

thumbnail dock

Don't miss out on the tiny slideshow timer under the "Portfolio" button.

slideshow timer

12. Javier Ferrer Vidal

The photo thumbnails look like they are flowing in the air.

floating

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.

loading

13. Jam3media

Jam3media creatively uses the thumbnails to form words.

fly-in

word

14. Brook Pifer

thumbnails

full image

15. Hello Design

Mouse over a thumbnail to display a series of project images like a carousel.

home

Click on the thumbnail to activate a slideshow.

slideshow