Do you like commerical photography? If you do, this post is for you. I’ve collected 30 awesome Flash-based photography sites. Not only do they have stunning photos, but their Flash design is also amazing. Most of them are designed in full screen mode. So, get your coffee or tea ready and enjoy these beautiful high resolution photos.

Bergh

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Timothy Hogan

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Ciriljazbec

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John Wright Photo

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RW2 Studios

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Werkstette

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James Day Photo

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Jeremy Cowart

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Brook Pifer

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David Lindsey Wade

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Lyndon Wade

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Manipulator

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SasoKos

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Filippa Smedhagen Sund

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Miles Aldridge

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Egofoto

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Seo Hiroshi

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Towndrow

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FWA Photo

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Steffen Jahn

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Tom Nagy

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Douglas Fisher

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Shu Akashi

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Joshua Stearns

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Kurt Stallaert

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Frieke

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0-Style

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Vilamajo

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Javier Ferrer Vidal

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Albrecht Gerlach

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117 Comments

Jimmy Liew
Aug 11, 2009 at 1:05 am

This is awsome.

essenmitsosse
Aug 11, 2009 at 1:32 am

Photographers seem to have noticed, that their photos need a clear background to be presented, without any distraction from fancy design elements or textures. But than they noticed, that this would make their websites look boring. So the solution they found was to impress people with their fancy navigations. Stupidly this also distracts from their photos, especially in combination with long loading times.

Most of these websites impress you for about 10 seconds (the loadingtimes not calculated), after that you are just annoyed because you just want to look at the photos, but can’t because you have to figure out how the navigation works or have to wait for the next image to load (because it is as a precaution saved with a enormous resolution much bigger than your screen). And never try to send someone a link to a certain image. You will have to go through this whole “user-experience” again and again if you want to see a certain photo for a second time.

I understand, that photographers want to present their photos in full-screen and flash is the only reasonable way to do so. But what if I don’t want to go fullscreen? Years ago webdesigners learned not to open windows in new tabs, looks like they now have to learn, not to open websites in fullscreen.

But what I really don’t understand what the advantage of flash-based navigation is supposed to be, especially if it breaks just with every navigation habit known to mankind, making it as complicated and cumbersome as possible to get to see the content. And that’s what every website is all about, seeing the content.

I think a static html page (maybe with some Javascript) has a lot of advantages over a flash page. And even the few advantages of a flash page are often wasted or not used improbably, making it quit hard to understand why the viewer has to be punished for wanting to see the photos.

I really beg to all the photographers out there for not to captive their photos in a flash site and at least present me a static alternative page.

Björn
Aug 11, 2009 at 1:45 am

Heh. ‘Flash-based photography’, I thought this was going to be about strobes.

aSeed
Aug 11, 2009 at 2:41 am

Great selection of websites, these photographers are really awesome. What is the most imprise here? Websites or photographies?

aledesign.it
Aug 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

Nooo it’s incredible this post!There’s my preferite works!! Fantastic! A big emotion see this sites! Thanks a lot for the sharing!

Vim
Aug 11, 2009 at 3:05 am

This post is wicked, especially like the Shu Akashi flash website, love the fact that flash based websites is pure rich content!!

NightAngel
Aug 11, 2009 at 12:05 pm

In effect, very beautiful high resolution photos. Thank you!

caroline
Aug 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Flash does make it tough to avoid pretty for pretty’s sake. A lot of recent studies are showing that in general, the photo-buying public (at least within the wedding and portrait realm) are turned off by Flash sites.

And I think the navigation is a big part of that. Flash makes it easy to display beautiful photos in a beautifully designed space. But the effort needs to be made to make the navigation easy, intuitive, and pleasant to use. People’s attention spans are short – mine included! If I can’t figure out how to see the next photo or open a specific gallery, I’ll leave, no matter how amazing the photography is.

samBrown
Aug 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm

great collection here, thanks for round it up. I’ve got an upcoming photographer portfolio site and you’ve saved me hours of research.

As for building photographer portfolios, Flash is absolutely the best way to go. No many other implementation can yield the same flexibility and security that Flash can.

As for long loading times, that isn’t the platform’s fault, its the fault of the dev who decided to put Mega Bit pics in the portfolio.

I certainly agree that the design shouldn’t outshine the content, but in the proper hands, Flash can augment the beauty of the work itself like nothing else.

Freeman
Aug 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I’m not really a huge fan of some of these websites, sure the photography is beautiful but the Flash in many ways detracts as much as it adds.

Keith D
Aug 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Stunning, stunning, stunning…
but when I enter a site and I see the “loading” caption, I move on to the next site.
That’s my problem with flash sites, the loading time, and of course the accessability.
Can the Google bot read flash sites?
Still a great source of layout inspiration.

Matt
Aug 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I think Flash is an excellent tool for displaying photography. It provides you with preloading and bitmap scaling. Bitmap smoothing is essential if you want to larger images to display fullscreen across all browsers/resolutions.

But I do agree that I found it annoying to have to figure out the navigation on every site. For browsing photos, keyboard navigation is a must.

Chris Horner
Aug 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Neat stuff!

Keith Morrell
Aug 12, 2009 at 4:02 am

nice sites, found the fact that some of them didn’t work properly with firefox on my mac. some of the navigation items seemed clunky, but some good ideas.

naran_ho
Aug 12, 2009 at 7:01 am

A really great collection, flash is undoubtedly one of the best
ways of working with high resolution photographs, inspiring
collection…

Cyprian Gwóźdź
Aug 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

This is awesome selection.
I should say AWESOM-O :-)

Photos are really cute, well balanced, just amazing.
But his flash is still to crazy, usability sucks.
I think css/html/javascript library are still the best choice for website technologies.

CSS Showcase @CSSMadness.com
Aug 12, 2009 at 8:54 am

Damn, those are very cool photos on the list.

Elizabeth K. Barone
Aug 12, 2009 at 10:55 am

I’ll have to come back later. You may want to label this as “possibly not safe for work.” :D

I’m not too keen on Flash websites because they destroy SEO and aren’t guaranteed to be user-friendly. They’re also difficult for second- and third-party designers to edit, especially if the designer is only just familiar with Flash and ActionScript. I think photographers should consider a clean CSS/HMTL website using a Lightbox or something similar to display their galleries.

It’s a real shame, because you can design really beautiful sites in Flash. But I think Flash should be strictly a supplement to a website, not the skeleton of one.

web design company
Aug 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

I thought David Lindsey Wade’s site was really cool. You can use your hands via webcam to move to the next picture.

Asrar
Aug 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Nice photography. Personally I don’t like Flash sites, but it’s still good for inspiration. Thanks!

Sklep zoologiczny
Aug 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Amazing websites, truly amazing even though I hate flash sites.

robb
Aug 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

beautiful pics.
i’ve never thought of flash this way before.
truly an inspiration.

Allan
Aug 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

One of my favorite flash-based website for photographer is http://www.milesaldridge.com/. It is simple and accessible.

Joe Wolfe
Aug 14, 2009 at 11:40 am

Looking at good photography websites makes me feel like such a photography novice! I need to buy a good DSLR camera and improve my skill set.

Alessandro
Aug 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Javier Ferrer Vidal site is simply AMAZING!

francisa
Aug 15, 2009 at 2:01 am

amazing post ……… thanks!

geoffrey
Aug 15, 2009 at 2:24 am

Mad skills! So many styles…

Dave
Aug 15, 2009 at 5:55 am

Love the full screen for the photography, but so many of these sites are too slow and hard to navigate. I lose interest really quickly.

I like the drag and drop navigation on http://filippasmedhagensund.com/ because it’s so fast.

gooddell
Aug 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

great design i love it…………

tr1on
Aug 17, 2009 at 6:42 am

Most flash sites are a nightmare to navigate and the ones in this post I visited was no exeption.

baratas
Aug 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Very good. Congratulations! Peace.

jay @ work at home
Aug 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures here. I love commercial photography brings out a unique lively look, thanks for sharing these.

Eko Subagio
Aug 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Just stop by cause arnold, i don’t need to find in search engine to find these photography, thank you

zap
Aug 19, 2009 at 4:06 am

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

S&W
Aug 19, 2009 at 7:20 am

The Vidal site is hotness.

Although a simple scaled-down approach does let the photography really shine. Like this:
http://www.squarehead.ca

Miquel
Aug 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Great post, nice photos! Another photography sites are krasyprirody.cz and fotografove.info (Czech republic).

Attitude Design | Graphic Design Portfolio
Aug 20, 2009 at 4:38 am

Some great photography sites listed. Really like how the Joshua Stearns site displays their work.

mike
Aug 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

Crazy List, thanks !
I really like this one too : http://www.lisacarletta.be/

Ben
Aug 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

Great post! I am deffinatley coming back for more.

haberler
Aug 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

very very nice shots

5ivedance
Aug 21, 2009 at 2:19 am

so cool flashsite there are!

yudz
Aug 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

feel very excited here, i am likes this kind of unique photography, very interesting

Daniel
Aug 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Amazing work! They all look so perfect. I know how hard it is to photograph. Great job, I’m once again astonished by the perfection of commercial photography.

Bisnis Pulsa Termurah
Aug 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

Excellent Jobs. The Arnold has attracked me

Cookie Creative - Graphic Design Manchester
Aug 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Fantastic, love it. :)

Erica Oliveira
Aug 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

One of my favorite commercial photographers with a great Flash website is David Foster of David Foster Photography. His site is http://www.davidfosterphotography.com. Take a look.

Sarah~
Aug 27, 2009 at 6:39 pm

o.o I liked the one with the rain ^^~

CMYK
Aug 31, 2009 at 5:14 am

Nice Post

Thanksss for sharing!

Tampa Web Design
Aug 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I know good art when i see it. This is great art! Thanks for masterpiece!

tatilkaynak.com
Aug 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm

realy its great!

lombok island
Sep 1, 2009 at 10:57 am

wonderfull pict. can you make me one for my travel blog?

Dobert
Sep 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

yeah, i really enjoy flash based sites on my blackberry… :/

Sue
Sep 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

Some of these are not safe for work

nikon monarch 10x42 abt binoculars
Sep 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

great, great,great, that’s all I have to say

keici
Sep 4, 2009 at 3:05 am

I like the style in these photos. How to make it?

Banner Stands
Sep 6, 2009 at 7:40 am

I love the basketball website. Although, all the sites are very good. Thanks for the list!

given
Sep 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Thanksss for sharing!

Steven
Sep 12, 2009 at 7:13 am

I’m not apposed to Flash at all, I’ve been using it since version 2. There seems to be however groups of people who use it for it’s own sake. Not every photography website needs to be in Flash, accompanied by the standard blaring music.

I think there’s a lot to be said for accessibility. Creatives need to understand that content is king, and the presentation of that content if the icing on the cake. Many times I’ve seen Flash used just to get a sliding animation between picture transitions. Is this type of use really warranted when it could be accomplished via java script and gracefully degraded if needed?

I’m not smashing wdw, you have a wonderful site. As a budding photographer and long time web developer I’m just a bit tired of every photography website being done in Flash.

Jon
Sep 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

Amazing photography! I especially enjoy the James Day site, just because there isn’t any clutter.

Does anyone think that photography with image manipulation (IE Frieke) shouldn’t be classified in the general term Photography? I get that they did shoot the pictures, but in reality, shouldn’t there be a different catagory for such art, like manipulated photography?

Anyways, great post!

Andy
Sep 17, 2009 at 5:47 am

Loved the first gallery. Style, colors, mood. And the website.

And I fully agree to Steven about overusing Flash. Some sites are pain in neck to navigate or read a text on 24″.

Anyway, great collection.

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Sep 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

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Singapore Web Design
Sep 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Douglas Fisher photography site is awesome, love it!

TCW
Sep 24, 2009 at 2:55 am

Very Beautiful, Thanks for your post!

Tom Elliott
Sep 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Fantastic sites, especially Timothy Hogan’s.. clean, simple and smooth and the photography does the talking.

Magaza com tr
Sep 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

thanks for sharing! very beautiful images.

Domain Coupons
Sep 29, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Great list. Choosing the best example I would give a preference to Egofoto.

Washington DC Wedding Photographer
Oct 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Wow great compilation, thank you for sharing, some worthy inspiration.

Kate
Oct 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I liked towndrow.ca, I’m interested in people photo portraits myself. Will borrow some ideas and technique from him (well, for educational purposes of course) )

purplerain
Oct 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm

ahhh the wonder of photoshop. great inspiration

xaby
Oct 9, 2009 at 3:42 am

Manipulator: Arnie still looks so cool!

john r crowther
Oct 11, 2009 at 3:31 am

Superb use of human time. Love the links.
John

Brion Hopkins
Oct 14, 2009 at 1:11 am

Sweet sites! What about a good html/css list?

Photographer London
Oct 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Some really nice work on there. Thanks for sharing WDW :)

Jonathan
Oct 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

The Manipulator site is really nice :-)

rx1 zayıflama
Oct 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for sharing WDW

Femi
Oct 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

HI all,
Please is there a way I can get to use any of these pictures on my project.I have visited the sites, but cant get to use the pictures. Ofcourse I will give full credit to the source.
Thanks all

Miles
Oct 29, 2009 at 12:13 am

Some of these designs are cool and all but Flash is a horrible technology to use unless you’ve enabled some kind of bookmark-able page system. Many times I’ve wanted to share a particular photo and not been able to because I can’t link to it. Horrible solution for user and client, especially when it’s not necessary, there’s very little you can’t do without Flash going on here.

Bean
Oct 31, 2009 at 5:24 am

I liked towndrow.ca

Anita
Nov 9, 2009 at 4:27 am

Fantastic…
thanks for sharing

izdelava spletnih strani
Nov 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

some excellent photos and links there, sasokos, pure art

Andrew
Nov 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Absolutely fantastic work, truly works of art. Thank you for posting and sharing.

acai
Nov 17, 2009 at 6:07 am

Please is there a way I can get to use any of these pictures on my project.I have visited the sites, but cant get to use the pictures. Ofcourse I will give full credit to the source.

Website Design
Nov 27, 2009 at 5:33 am

I’m not really a fan of flash, but it’s always great to see a list of amazing flash websites.

Mike
Nov 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Great sites! Thank you for sharing!

EastFilters
Dec 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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JMC Website Design Blackpool
Dec 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Those pics of the governator in his throne were ace! :D

Future Webs
Dec 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

Inspirational Sites, the photography’s pretty good aswell!

izdelava internet strani
Dec 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

CirilJazbec is my country man like his work

vincentdresses
Jan 6, 2010 at 1:58 am

喜欢你们的设计与技术,常来看看

derek
Jan 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

wow,谢谢分享,真的很棒。

ewitttas
Jan 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

its really looking creative work with flash based.

kank_ripay
Feb 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

mantep euy… ekekekekekekekeee

spletno oglasevanje
Mar 29, 2010 at 2:42 am

Cool images and photo gallery. Although flash is to much for my taste.

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

motivational sites..thanks

vanessabionda
May 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

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pete lukas
May 5, 2010 at 4:54 am

great photography, terrible flash sites with poor navigation…why???

Pariuri Sportive
May 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I definitely have to agree, and was the first thing that came to mind. I am also a photographer and though big, bold pictures are great when you are already well known, and no longer need to build and explain why a client should choose you then filling a web site with larger photos is the way to go, however like you said these web sites are a small percentage that actually represent the overall picture of photographers.

I am competing with the studio down the road or the next town/city over – or who is listed in the yellow pages. Not photographers to the stars and National Geographic. There are some great ideas but no one is necessarily the right one for everyone. Each web site needs to represent the style and personality of that individual photographer – whatever type of photography it may be.

I.T MONTREAL
May 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I personally enjoy photography; and I especially appreciate the flash based photographs. These sites really do have stunning photos; and since their in full screen, this makes it extra interesting. I especially found the photo entitled David Lindsey Wade very interesting. Since it is a full screen shot, you get to see more of the background; the walls coming apart; the image of the girl on the left; it sort of tells more of a story and give you a bigger glimpse into the whole scene and dialogue of the shot..

I like to see photos like this on websites; they are quite interesting and beautiful to look at. Flash based photography would definitely enforce a certain appeal onto a website. All the images are very rich in colour which creates a bigger meaning and impact.

Good job on collecting these 30 shots; they are really beautiful. As a web programming company; we also help design many websites and these are just great ideas of wide screen flash photos that would look great on a front page of a website.

Sebastian
May 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

If this is about photography sites, I want to see screenshots of the sites, not photos, that can be found on these sites.

Back Up Management
Jul 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Amazingly stunning!

Matt Stevens
Jul 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

All images are really cool and looking great, thanks for this cool stuff.

Really great work

Anna Patrick
Sep 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I already knew some of these websites, but I had also some nice surprises. The rw/2 studios has a friendly design, while their kids photos simply made my day!

benson
Oct 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Hey I love your style I will subscribe for your feed please keep posting!

willsons
Dec 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

When you do article marketing, your intention is to increase the number of visitors to your website. It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices. I have look for such a article for a long time, thanks a lot.

Peter Niro
Dec 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

cagelight.com is also a very well designed website that uses flash

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Dec 24, 2010 at 1:10 am

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Ben
Jan 13, 2011 at 4:56 am

hah, im appreciate your sharing.

Ronche
Jan 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

What do you mean full screen is different than full frame?

altın çilek
Feb 2, 2011 at 7:10 am

thanks thats great website

Kayana Photography Bali
Mar 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

very cool themes… thank you so much for your sharing

web design uae
Jun 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

Thanks for all your interesting stuff.

Andezit Taşı
Jul 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Nice sharing,thanks:))

Shot Lover Team
Aug 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

amazing photography indeed !
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complex 41
Aug 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

to me. All the colour schemes complex 41are definatly brave but I really think they work to make the

pulsa murah
Mar 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

a result of good-quality photo in my opinion

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