A great photographer knows how to compose breathtaking photographs. And great designers know how to use them. As the daughter of a photographer for the Chicago Tribune, I have an inherent love of great photography.
There are multiple ways you can use photography on your site:
Background photography creates a gorgeous backdrop for your site’s content. Consider what you’re going to be putting on top of the picture you choose for your backdrop; otherwise, your content can easily be lost (think about contrast and saturation, too).
Hero areas are great spots for big pictures.
Grid or picture galleries are great options if you’re displaying pictures of products or work samples from your portfolio.
When choosing photographs for your site, just make sure that you’ve got the appropriate licenses in place, that the pictures you choose are relevant to your site’s purpose, and that the pictures you choose aren’t yawn-worthy stock photos.
Using the right kind of imagery can compel your visitors to move along the page, click a CTA, or even share it with friends — and sometimes pictures are just nice to look at. In the end, images say what words can’t, and when considering your site’s design, using relevant photographs is a great option to convey emotion, feeling, and a general sentiment without relying on content or design to solely carry the job.
Get ready to turn your camera on, or maybe just your mind, because I’ve got 40 sites with big photography for your inspiration. Say cheese!
40 Sites with Stunning & Sizable Photography
5. Sweet Basil
11. McLellan Jacobs
14. Tiffany & Co.
16. 352 Inc.
21. Pirata London
23. Carli Davidson
24. Osborn Barr
27. Book of Beards
29. Blind Barber
30. The Paper Mill
31. Willie Nelson
32. Make It Right
34. Chip Foose
35. Colossal Media
37. Ground Ctrl
39. The Hobbit
And there you have it. You’ve grazed through 40 sites that feature breathtaking and big photography, so hopefully you’ve got an idea of how photography can enhance a website. However you choose to incorporate photographs, know that an amazing photograph can seriously intensify your site’s visual appeal and overall awesomeness.