I'm trying to help a friend improve his e-commerce website. He hired consultants to build it, which they did with Drupal. The issue is that his business is extremely dependent on his customers being able to view high-resolution photos of his (very expensive!) products. The images from his camera are RAW and in the 12-13MB range. When converted by Photoshop, they become 42-44MB PSD files. Subsequent conversion of the PSDs (outside of Photoshop) to high-quality JPGs creates 7-8MB files.
The goal is to have a page of thumbnails (even they must be good quality) with many products on it, each with a one-line title. Clicking on a thumbnail should bring up a full page (in a new tab or window) with information about that particular product, including a high-quality image that is larger than the one on the thumbnail page. Then clicking on that image should bring up a page (in a new tab or window) devoted to a very large, high-resolution, top-quality image (ideally, as good as the RAW image from his camera).
My website dev skills are modest, so I'm looking to tap the experience of Experts here who have been around the block on this. I'm guessing that there are some dev tools which are superior for building sites where high-resolution, top-quality photos are crucial. It's possible that Drupal is such a tool, but I'd like to hear it from the EE Experts, as well as suggestions for other dev tools.
Most valuable would be the actual experiences of Experts who have built this type of website, rather than just links to products and/or reviews (links are fine if they're to products and/or reviews that you've used and strongly recommend). Thanks much, Joe