Web design inspiration is always helpful as looking at the creative creations others have done can kickstart your own creativity. There are obviously different approaches you can take and what fits your needs best typically depends on the content and concept, the business or organization the web site represents. One option is using a photo as a key element in your design. It is certainly not every photo that will work, but generally if you find one that support the concept well the result can be really great.
Using photos as a dominating part of the web design itself is typically seen in flash websites but also CSS based web sites exist. While large photos can be great for setting the scene and generating the right atmosphere it can be a problem to load times. Designers need to take care that the details in the images are not making it too heavy when it comes to download size. Using jQury to load only visible photos may help. Also it is a good idea to look for prebuild solutions like e.g. WordPress photography themes. The best of those themes are typically well optimized and implemented by expert developers. You should have a look at this article for more inspiration.
In this article, I show you some really stunning examples of using photos as a design element and central piece in web design. The article was just updated and I added more full screen website examples.