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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mouse over a thumbnail to display a series of project images like a carousel.
Click on the thumbnail to activate a slideshow.
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.
Good post – Really nice websites
Awesome. I love these FLASH sites you’ve collected, as they give great ideas for my future designs. How do you find them?
Really intresting =)
Cyprian Gwóźdź - Web Designer Poland
Thanks for sharing. Flash is heavy, but powerful.
Good work dude!
very inspiring, even if you are not a flash person, it is nice to see some creative UI’s. thanks!
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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….
Great collection. I don’t know much of flash (yet), but these are very inspirational for when I do learn it.
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Great Inspiration! Thanks!
Brilliant post – Some of the design work is very inspiring, nice work!
Awesome galleries 0_0
Woww,.. Great collection of really amazing gallery techniques,..
Thanks, for inspirational post! Good work! :)
very interesting post. Nil’s loading is quite interesting as well.
Nice Compilation nick. thanks for sharing…
Fantastic post.. very inspiring, a nice gallery!!!
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.
Really cool collection to inspire the designers. Some of them are exquisite piece of work. Hope to come with the similar designs.
mind blowing flash gallery…………..
Cool list. I really like our portfolio section as well… check out
Interested to hear thoughts!
Really nice work. I think the Jeremy Cowart one is the best, by far.
Glad you liked that loading animation! I had millions of miles of fun creating that! Thanks for the mention.
Wowww!!! Nice post ;o) Very inspiring!!
Here’s a pretty cool flash gallery too http://www.flash-gallery.org
Wow those are impressive.
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.
These are gorgeous!
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.
there’s a galery missing!:
check out http://www.chudowski.de
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.
a nice collection though i still prefer light boxes
Brian D. Hawkins
I wish I could have just a fraction of the talent displayed in these photos. Just incredible!
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 :).
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Here’s a pretty cool flash gallery tooa brief introduction of magic the gathering</a
The photos were as equally amazing as the presentation.
i like Javier Ferrer Vidal … thats unique…
btw, great collections…
I like this site! Very inspiration article. Great job, respect+ Thanks
i love it is amazing keep it of
@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?
Thanks for the awesome collection. I have bookmarked this article over at the SEO Social Bookmarking website.
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I love that jeremy cowart stuff. Amazing work.
Thanks for the post
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!
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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 :)
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very nice. the Javier Ferrer Vidal site is kind.
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.
on #4 its Ciril (name) Jazbec (surname)
wow… great galleries. thanks for posting. very inspirational. :)
I love this post.I have bookmarked this page.
I really like your site and posts.
Thanks a lot.
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Thanks for the collection, enjoyed looking through these.
I love this site, thanks for doing my research ;-)
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.
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)
Thanks a lot for all these website. I recommend Airtight if you want to integrate flash gallery in your wordpress website :
Free flash files in http://clipdepelicula.com/category/flash/
I love this post, great flash design art.
Great site love the human touches!!
great showcase.. really inspired
The sample sites look fantastic!
João Henrique -Designer from Brazil
zap, thaks for the link -> http://clipdepelicula.com/category/flash/
I love flash!!!
“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.
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I don´t like flash, but this ones are very good.
Love the Jam3media site! Especially the Tetris :)
Flash… I love it… I hate It!
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really interesting and well written article.
RayJBraz - Illustrator
Thank you for sharing the great sites. =)
i found on http://www.flashdevelopment.de really cool professional Flash Components. most of them are made with Papervision3D :)
Thank you my friend …
cool!! great web site of photography, love the jeremy cowart one
Those are great sites, someone put in a lot of work.
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.
Thanks What’s the problem here? Google could bury the meager profit number from even the biggest media conglomerates.
these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together
these are awesome!
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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.
This is really beautiful. Inspiration by the design literally!
The visiual effect is really cool.
Those are great sites, someone put in a lot of work.
I wonder why most of these sites love to have their images flying all over the place.
cool website…i pleasant when i visit their site!!
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!
These flash galleries and photographers websites are really amazing!
Thanks for this roundup.
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Create your own flash image gallery, no flash skills needed.
I like Zen Flash Gallery – http://www.flash-gallery.com
Here’s another flash gallery with page turning effect..
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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.
I guess it’s just a nice visual effect and I like the impact it has.
Thank you for these techniques
I don’t really get it why other people are stealing stuff from over here instead of giving a link back… Wierd!
Muy buenos sitios ¿pero como se hacen?
Some of them are just amazing.
Check out some other cool galleries:
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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!
Great collection, thanks for the inspiration. These really very creative ones !
Amazing collection you have shared. It looks very nice.
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Another cool flash gallery:
Some of them with page flip effects
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.
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Awesome work.Thanks for the share.
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Here’s some cool flash galleries http://1flashgallery.com
You have a lot of knowledge and experience .. but the important, you are great sharer!!
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The Javier Vidal is my favorite collection…all are very talented!
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Great collections of flash gallery.
nice collection and i loves whenever you comes with something.
This is a great idea, I could see myself using this on my picture tab, where I can upload a volume of picture
Your work is awesome, thanks
great web site of photography!!!
i really like your collection
thanks for sharing
Thanks for sharing all of these fantastic Flash sites. These are some extremely creative Webmasters.
Thank very much for sharing your collection of techniques!