I'm not good with AJAX but am trying to learn for this project. I've picked apart many galleries, some of which are kind of similar to this idea, but surprisingly I haven't found one that is actually just like this...
• layer ordering
• alpha fade in of new thumbnail on right side
• titles/text under center image (not shown in picture)
Instead of using previous and next buttons, you just click the smaller images behind the big center image to advance to the next image or go back to the previous image. When you click the smaller image, it grows and moves to the center while the center image shrinks and moves to the other side. It would be nice if the smaller images faded in rather than simply stacking on top of each other like in this gallery (which is close to what I'm trying to achieve).
It seems like all of this functionality is already out there in other galleries, I just don't know how to put it all together. Any ideas how I could best start this?