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.

zoom

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

127 Comments

Vim
Apr 16, 2009 at 3:04 am

Excellent post, a lot of these flash site must have taken a long time to create, i like dveins and javier ferrer vidal’s both of these are excellent.

Jordy
Apr 16, 2009 at 5:07 am

Nice~ thanks.

Daniel
Apr 16, 2009 at 5:52 am

Good post – Really nice websites

Jeff Gardner
Apr 16, 2009 at 6:19 am

Awesome. I love these FLASH sites you’ve collected, as they give great ideas for my future designs. How do you find them?

Jacob Lower
Apr 16, 2009 at 6:34 am

Really intresting =)
Much appreciated

Cyprian Gwóźdź - Web Designer Poland
Apr 16, 2009 at 7:55 am

Thanks for sharing. Flash is heavy, but powerful.

Jonathan Schmid
Apr 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

Good work dude!

Matt
Apr 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

very inspiring, even if you are not a flash person, it is nice to see some creative UI’s. thanks!

Two Socks - Graphic Design Capalaba
Apr 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

Jeremy Cowart work amazes me, beautiful in colour and B/W. Flash is great, just has that wow factor, but for the time being (that is until google/yahoo/msn can read more into flash files) you can’t just have an all flash site for the majority of clients, atleast imho anyway….

Kayla
Apr 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Great collection. I don’t know much of flash (yet), but these are very inspirational for when I do learn it.

Design was here
Apr 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Great Inspiration! Thanks!

David
Apr 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

Brilliant post – Some of the design work is very inspiring, nice work!

Sklep Zoologiczny
Apr 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Awesome galleries 0_0

Creamy CSS
Apr 17, 2009 at 1:27 am

Woww,.. Great collection of really amazing gallery techniques,..

Thanks, for inspirational post! Good work! :)

Adriana
Apr 17, 2009 at 2:46 am

very interesting post. Nil’s loading is quite interesting as well.

DKumar M.
Apr 17, 2009 at 4:39 am

Nice Compilation nick. thanks for sharing…

DKumar M.
@instantShift

aledesign.it
Apr 17, 2009 at 4:46 am

Fantastic post.. very inspiring, a nice gallery!!!

yatrik
Apr 17, 2009 at 6:09 am

Very good list. I am planning to creat a web album for my son’s pics and this will give me some nice tips to get started.

Thanks.

Flash Designer
Apr 17, 2009 at 6:31 am

Really cool collection to inspire the designers. Some of them are exquisite piece of work. Hope to come with the similar designs.

samir
Apr 17, 2009 at 6:40 am

mind blowing flash gallery…………..

Bill Leonard
Apr 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Cool list. I really like our portfolio section as well… check out

http://www.ypartnership.com/#work

Interested to hear thoughts!

Bob
Apr 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Really nice work. I think the Jeremy Cowart one is the best, by far.

Spencer Markowski
Apr 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Glad you liked that loading animation! I had millions of miles of fun creating that! Thanks for the mention.

Francesco Uliana
Apr 18, 2009 at 4:13 am

Tiltviewer:

http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/tiltviewer/app/

Interactive Agency
Apr 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

Wowww!!! Nice post ;o) Very inspiring!!

Max
Apr 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

Here’s a pretty cool flash gallery too http://www.flash-gallery.org

Wazoo
Apr 18, 2009 at 11:32 am

Wow those are impressive.

Kimberly McCabe
Apr 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

It’s so exciting to see how we can now make the web seem multi-dimensional and use the layout of flash galleries to tie into a brand message – of course making the brand more memorable. It’s no longer just a question of technology and what the end-users equipment can support; its more a matter of effectively using creativity to follow through on marketing messages.

Shevonne
Apr 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

These are gorgeous!

Gleb
Apr 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Ok, I’ll volunteer to be the first without saying “WOW”.

Futuristic looking 3D effects and pile up of flash techniques, that’s true.

I found most of these galleries to be very hard to navigate and impossible to use without struggle to understand where the information are and how to get to it.
Navigation is over-effected and under-presented.
New visitor to such website will find himself spending lots of time just trying to learn how to use it. Majority will probably leave without finding anything, but few visual effects flashing and jumping and rotating on screen.

Lovely photos and artwork from talented artists otherwise. But these sites are carrying strong flavor of “kids with toys” effects.

2 out of 10. 2 for effort.

Gleb

Chrisi
Apr 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

there’s a galery missing!:
check out http://www.chudowski.de

the website looks like flash, but is made with javascript :)

Caracalla
Apr 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Gleb is absolutely right. Using flash for the interface of a site is just a bad idea. Certainly it looks (aha) flashy and it does attract attention. But there are too many downsides, it makes a page heavier, navigation slower (those long animations are nice the first few times, then they are just frustrating). People with a slow connection won’t even bother loading your site. People like me won’t stay long. Search engines will not be able to index your site properly and those dependent on screen readers won’t be able to access it (ok, that’s not so relevant in the case of galleries but still)

All in all, it’s form over content at work.

Ignition Design
Apr 19, 2009 at 8:19 am

a nice collection though i still prefer light boxes

Brian D. Hawkins
Apr 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

I wish I could have just a fraction of the talent displayed in these photos. Just incredible!

Marijan Šuflaj
Apr 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Hehehe Brian D. Hawkins, i wish the same.
But since I’m a programmer and not designer it’s not to important.
Thanks for this post. Now I have a good place to show my clients what they can have :).
Thanks.

digital hearing aids
Apr 20, 2009 at 4:12 am

Here’s a pretty cool flash gallery tooa brief introduction of magic the gathering</a

Heather Shimmin
Apr 20, 2009 at 11:39 am

The photos were as equally amazing as the presentation.

om ipit
Apr 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

i like Javier Ferrer Vidal … thats unique…

btw, great collections…

Zábavná videa
Apr 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I like this site! Very inspiration article. Great job, respect+ Thanks

kamal
Apr 22, 2009 at 7:33 am

i love it is amazing keep it of

Chris Greenhough
Apr 22, 2009 at 7:59 am

@Caracalla and @Gleb, I don’t agree with you. These sites are specifically about visual content and presentation. They are not text-heavy archives of data. We need sites like this to push the boundaries of style and technique, not stick with some lowest common denominator. And why exactly would a screen-reader need to access a portfolio of photographs?

Besides, surely the absolute catch-all belt-and-braces option would be flash-driven interface for those that can deal with it (with bandwidth sniffing code built in) and a non-flash version for those that either want or need it, whether deployed automatically as a result of code that sniffs out the viewer’s platform limitations or by offering the site visitor a non-flash option.

I really balk at this sort of high-minded attitude that whiffs of snobbery when it comes to flash, as if there is no skill or creativity at play. I find it ridiculous that people are impressed with a website initially but then say “ah, it was done with flash, that explains it.” So you think making a slick, professional flash interface is the easy option? Guess again. Have a go at it yourself if you think it’s a case of just pressing a few buttons.

Personally I’m absolutely sick and tired of cookie cutter wordpress sites with a couple of colour-by-numbers tweaks to an off-the-shelf template, but maybe that’s just me. Each to their own, huh?

SEO Bookmarking
Apr 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

Thanks for the awesome collection. I have bookmarked this article over at the SEO Social Bookmarking website.

Atlanta Online Marketing
Apr 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I love that jeremy cowart stuff. Amazing work.

Thanks for the post

Derek M.
Apr 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

If I only had an ounce of the eye for design that these folks have. Great collection, some real talent here!

Oh my what is this, a debate? You guys are all right on your views.

Flash is truly an amazing medium to use when creating photo galleries. Honestly, I would use it more if I knew how to do it at the level that they do. But to use Flash as the entire element for your portfolio is where I think the issues arise. I do think it’s important for a screen-reader to be able to view an image portfolio especially when you mask your content, contact information, contact forms, company information, bios, etc. in the Flash doc as well? What a blind person never gets their photo taken? But yes, a flash and non-flash version would be the best option. Like you said though, whatever works, works!

Interactive Web Agency
Apr 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

Love this post, really inspires me creatively on flash gallery concepts. Definitely bookmarking this! Thanks!

p/s: I really like your site design, layout and posts :)

Lynsey
Apr 24, 2009 at 6:22 am

Please please please add target=’_blank’ to your external hyperlinks.

chris bradshaw
Apr 24, 2009 at 9:35 am

very nice. the Javier Ferrer Vidal site is kind.

Stephen Lane
Apr 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

I agree with Chris #42, creating your own website is a lot more demanding then just using some template. All these Template driven sites promote slack behavior.
It would be great to see some original people out there in the art world and not “artists” taking the easy way out by thinking they are innovative and unique by using a “New” sort of “Trendy” Blog with enhanced features.
I do my own site.

Iztok
Apr 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

on #4 its Ciril (name) Jazbec (surname)

Honour Chick
Apr 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm

wow… great galleries. thanks for posting. very inspirational. :)

KAMAL
Apr 27, 2009 at 12:26 am

I love this post.I have bookmarked this page.

I really like your site and posts.

Thanks a lot.

– Kamal

Leeds web design Goinnovate
Apr 28, 2009 at 5:01 am

Thanks for the collection, enjoyed looking through these.

Thomas
Apr 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love this site, thanks for doing my research ;-)

Anna
Apr 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

While they do look nice, they take way too long to load, even on a broadband connection. I wish there was a way to make images look flawless on the web without sacrificing short load times.

bjornbjorn
Apr 29, 2009 at 2:32 am

Cool, especially liked the Javier Ferrer Vidal site.

Also, check out photographer site http://www.dag-knudsen.com/ which has a nice gallery.

Grégoire Noyelle (web designer / Paris)
Apr 29, 2009 at 3:53 am

Thanks a lot for all these website. I recommend Airtight if you want to integrate flash gallery in your wordpress website :
Airtight Viewers

zap
Apr 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

Free flash files in http://clipdepelicula.com/category/flash/

Michel Dubo
Apr 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

I love this post, great flash design art.

Christian
May 1, 2009 at 8:59 am

Great site love the human touches!!

Tukang Nggame
May 3, 2009 at 3:13 am

great showcase.. really inspired

Sam Ng
May 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

The sample sites look fantastic!

Thanks..!

João Henrique -Designer from Brazil
May 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

Very nice!

alex
May 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

zap, thaks for the link -> http://clipdepelicula.com/category/flash/

I love flash!!!

Dan
May 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

@ caracella:
“ok, that’s not so relevant in the case of galleries but still”

Should have thought of that before you ever bothered to post. While I agree that Flash usually isn’t ideal for navigation, in these examples it was clearly the best choice. You just wanted another excuse to wave the flag for the “Flash-is-bad” team, and once again you end up sounding extreme, short-sighted, and a little retarded.

creacion paginas web
May 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I don´t like flash, but this ones are very good.

vanlaar
May 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Love the Jam3media site! Especially the Tetris :)

Edgar Leijs
May 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Flash… I love it… I hate It!

Custom Website Design
May 8, 2009 at 6:27 am

really interesting and well written article.

RayJBraz - Illustrator
May 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

nice! ^^

Jewels
May 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Thank you for sharing the great sites. =)

Peter
May 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Hello,

i found on http://www.flashdevelopment.de really cool professional Flash Components. most of them are made with Papervision3D :)

Greetings^^

ZAP
May 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

more coolsites…

http://clipdepelicula.com/category/cool-sites/

francisa
May 22, 2009 at 3:12 am

love this

yapidekor
Jul 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Thank you my friend …

susette
Jul 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm

cool!! great web site of photography, love the jeremy cowart one

homes
Jul 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Those are great sites, someone put in a lot of work.

MartinJ
Jul 27, 2009 at 9:38 am

Really great websites, I can only imagine the efforts applied by the developers to create these pieces of art. Btw after google and yahoo got flash search kit flash websites become much more attractive from the position of SEO.

cennet
Aug 8, 2009 at 5:27 am

Thanks What’s the problem here? Google could bury the meager profit number from even the biggest media conglomerates.

cennetevi
Aug 8, 2009 at 5:54 am

these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together

cennetevi
Aug 8, 2009 at 6:04 am

these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together http://www.cennet.gen.tr

Ash Menon
Aug 16, 2009 at 7:14 am

I wonder why most of these sites love to have their images flying all over the place. It’s like flash designers had their pets murdered by grid-lovers and are out for revenge.

excel help
Aug 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

This is really beautiful. Inspiration by the design literally!

thank
Sep 4, 2009 at 4:20 am

The visiual effect is really cool.

bagsin
Sep 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Those are great sites, someone put in a lot of work.

Mike
Oct 31, 2009 at 5:14 am

I wonder why most of these sites love to have their images flying all over the place.

jackie
Oct 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

cool website…i pleasant when i visit their site!!

Tim
Nov 30, 2009 at 1:19 am

Hey Ash don’t just hate, Flash site are a lot of work, give credit where its due….good work on the galleries….if you cant code, chill, you will code AS3 some day!

Flash CMS
Dec 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

These flash galleries and photographers websites are really amazing!
Thanks for this roundup.

vincentdresses
Jan 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

喜欢你们的设计与技术,常来看看

Jarrett
Jan 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Flash website brings unique jewelry to the Unites States for the first time EVER. Recently http://www.ellenkvam.com was launched in the U.S. and now for the first time Norwegian silver jewelry is located on the shores of the greatest continent. Experience http://www.ellenkvam.com now or never.

steve
Jan 25, 2010 at 3:54 am

Create your own flash image gallery, no flash skills needed.

Mishel
Feb 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I like Zen Flash Gallery – http://www.flash-gallery.com

bosega
Feb 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Interesting galleries!
Here’s another flash gallery with page turning effect..

best flash stock
Feb 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Nice collection. You can find and buy great galleries for few $ on flash stock markets all over the web.
Check best flash stock site, that geathers best flash stock markets on one place, and browse for some great galleries there.

Fabiano Leal
Mar 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I guess it’s just a nice visual effect and I like the impact it has.

ijjal
Mar 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm

nice flash

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Thank you for these techniques

Pupun
May 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

perfect

Pariuri Sportive
May 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I don’t really get it why other people are stealing stuff from over here instead of giving a link back… Wierd!

tarantrino
Jun 7, 2010 at 4:03 am

Muy buenos sitios ¿pero como se hacen?

Gracias

filesforflash
Jul 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Some of them are just amazing.

Check out some other cool galleries:

files for flash

allien
Oct 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Just want to say what a great blog you got here!I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

filme gratis
Nov 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Great collection, thanks for the inspiration. These really very creative ones !

Melvins
Dec 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

Amazing collection you have shared. It looks very nice.

Los Angeles Web Design

Juno Mindoes
Dec 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Don’t you attract by the elegant white iphone 4? But its likely to release untile next summer! What’s worse, it is said it may not release at all! What a pity!

mikwillson
Dec 24, 2010 at 4:05 am

Your article’s resource box should help to persuade your readers. No matter how amazing your article is if it’s not succeeding in driving traffic to your website cheap ugg boots

Henry Peise
Dec 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Without the flash the white iPhone 4 is almost as bad as the 3G, but with a higher resolution. The worst phone in this test was the iPhone 3Gs with very bad low light performance.

Ben
Jan 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the exceptional lucidity in your writing.

altın çilek
Feb 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

thanks thats great website

tom
Mar 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Another cool flash gallery:
http://1flashgallery.com

Some of them with page flip effects

בניית אתרים
May 9, 2011 at 3:08 am

great galleries

Pierre
Jun 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

Hi,
Thank you for this article. I recommend you to take a look at this site: http://www.flashxml.net. You will find there some nice flash stuff, as well.

web designing uae
Jun 15, 2011 at 1:51 am

Awesome work.Thanks for the share.

complex 41
Aug 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

Complex 41 saç bakım seti, tamamen bitkisel ve doğal içeriği nedeniyle güvenle kullanabileceğiniz bir üründür. complex 41İçeriğindeki bitki özlerine
(55 çeşit bitkinin özü vb.) aşırı hassasiyeti olan kişilerde saç derisinde bir miktarkızarıklık yapması doğaldır. Bu durumda kullanım sıklığını azaltmanız tavsiye edilmektedir.

Lash
Sep 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

Here’s some cool flash galleries http://1flashgallery.com

ThaiMNV
Sep 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

You have a lot of knowledge and experience .. but the important, you are great sharer!!

Richer
Nov 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

Normally I don’t comment on forums but I want to everyone to know about what I found. I was searching for galleries, and i found this next website: http://www.flashxml.net at fist it looked normal, but I found the best thing on a flash component; to edit your own settings live, so the customization is more complex than any other gallery and the best thing, they have this so called Live Demo for every product. Beside that, the products are very cool. That’s all I want to post. Hope it could help somebody, like I was. Good day everyone.

New Construction Homes in Warner Robins
Dec 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The Javier Vidal is my favorite collection…all are very talented!

Web Design Melbourne
Feb 13, 2012 at 1:40 am

Great collections of flash gallery.

VisualChile
Feb 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

nice collection and i loves whenever you comes with something.

Trin CArl
Mar 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

This is a great idea, I could see myself using this on my picture tab, where I can upload a volume of picture

panchobravo
Apr 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Your work is awesome, thanks

ehsposcl
Sep 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

great web site of photography!!!

DymoLabels
Jun 1, 2013 at 6:14 am

hi
i really like your collection
thanks for sharing

Anita
Jun 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for sharing all of these fantastic Flash sites. These are some extremely creative Webmasters.

Anonymous
Feb 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Thank very much for sharing your collection of techniques!

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