Rarely will you ever see a photo portfolio that is as beautiful as its content, however no one knows why that is. Designing a photography portfolio is neither a difficult nor time-intensive task, yet the a good photo portfolio is still hard to come by which makes the common photo editor miss the days of the portfolio book. Thus, the key to designing a great photo portfolio comes from the big black portfolio book.
A common mistake that designers make is making the site about the design rather than about the photos themselves. As a result, most of the sites we see are extravagant displays of flash animation that take forever to load. A good photo portfolio doesn’t need a design to set the mood or tone of the page because the photos will do that job for you. The design just needs to sit back and make sure that navigating the photos will be just as easy as turning the pages of a portfolio book. Here are some sites that demonstrate great photo portfolio design.