21 Examples of Big Photography in Web Design

By / Sep 24, 2012 / Inspiration
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Photos are the perfect way to capture moments you want to remember and moments you want to share with others. Using photos as design elements is a very good way to give your design a unique and personal touch, besides being a good way to get the viewers attention. You can use a photo as background, in the header, as central elements and much more. Lately a lot of websites are choosing photos as their main element and the results are pretty inspiring. So for today, we gathered some excellent websites that take this approach. There’s a ton of inspiration here.

Minerva

Using Photos in Web Design

Kassandra Bay Hotel

Using Photos in Web Design

Fine Thought

Using Photos in Web Design

Design BLVD

Using Photos in Web Design

Helvetitee

Using Photos in Web Design

Studio Airport

Using Photos in Web Design

Diehl Group

Using Photos in Web Design

Fueld Films

Using Photos in Web Design

Locals Apparel

Using Photos in Web Design

Colin Grist

Using Photos in Web Design

Kentisbury Grange

Using Photos in Web Design

Noe Interactive

Using Photos in Web Design

Design Week Portland

Using Photos in Web Design

Motel Studios

Using Photos in Web Design

Opera de Montreal

Using Photos in Web Design

The Final Four

Using Photos in Web Design

Latitude Supply Co

Using Photos in Web Design

Buffalo

Using Photos in Web Design

Breakthrough Design Group

Using Photos in Web Design

Starmen Design Group

Using Photos in Web Design

Kiawah Island

Using Photos in Web Design

About the Author

Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

16 Comments

  1. Design Turnpike
    September 24, 2012

    Very cool. {Have to laugh at the name Helvititee, though}. I would love to show big photos of my artwork on my website – I’ll be incorporating some of these fine examples into my redesign.

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  2. Web Design Malaysia
    September 24, 2012

    Kentisbury Grange looks superbly fine!

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  3. aledesign.it – Creative Graphic
    September 24, 2012

    Great collection… Nice design..I love design who use big photo, so different and so attractive! Thanks for the list!

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  4. João de Campo Grande
    September 24, 2012

    Excellent selection. Diehl Group and Kentisbury Grange are great pieces of web + photography. :)

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  5. Web Design Inspiration Today
    September 24, 2012

    Kentisbury Grange is simply the best. I will add them up into my collection. Everyone mind to look my collection here,

    http://localhost:8080/wdit/design/style/big-image

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  6. Alex Flueras
    September 25, 2012

    Really nice collection. I have also selected a few large background websites: http://www.studioweber.ro/blog/webdesign/17-new-websites-with-large-backgrounds/

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  7. Web design Wolverhampton and Birmingham
    September 25, 2012

    Here’s one of ours that uses big photography. Hope you like it: http://www.scubashack.co.uk

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  8. raven+crow
    September 25, 2012

    Very nice collection of varied sites, Gisele. Inspiring indeed.

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  9. Michael A. Robson (required)
    September 26, 2012

    These are beautiful. It’s funny the first thing I thought was ‘inspiring’ too! Not to be a hack, but looking at these really makes me want to run off and make a few ‘tweaks’ :P

    Keep it comin!

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  10. Laura
    September 26, 2012

    Thanks so much for a great article. As someone who is looking to redesign her owner blog, the featured websites are very inspiring.

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  11. Web Design Inspiration Today
    September 26, 2012

    Oops, sorry for wrong links in my previous comment. Here is the right one

    http://webdesigninspirationtoday.com/design/style/big-image

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  12. Gavin
    September 27, 2012

    Really use of such big photographs is a creative idea which gives website stunning and attractive look. I like the first one. I have tried few as well and I got good results.

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  13. Adam
    September 27, 2012

    Wow! Very inspiring. I’ll be putting my photography to better use now.

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  14. Nick
    December 4, 2012

    Simple & very beautiful – has an immediate powerful inviting effect. Thanks for sharing this inspiring collection of designs.

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  15. Nick
    December 4, 2012

    Simple & very beautiful – has an immediate powerful inviting effect. Thanks for sharing this inspiring collection.

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  16. Neil
    September 19, 2013

    Great selection. I also like how Polygon uses big images on their reviews.

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