HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

rocky seaside cliffs and foggy ocean air

Rocky Seaside Cliffs And Foggy Ocean Air

drone photography of lakeside highway

Drone Photography Of Lakeside highway

rustic wooden fence surrounding framland at sunset

Rustic wooden Fence Surrounding Framland At Sunset

bench overlooking farm field and oncoming storm

Bench Overlooking Farm Field And Oncoming Storm

ornage tree bright fruit orchard

Ornage Tree Bright Fruit Orchard

long winter shadows aerial of skating pond

Long Winter Shadows Aerial Of Skating Pond

starry night sky from below trees

Starry Night Sky From Below Trees

swamp and marshlands under bright sky surrounded by trees

Swamp And Marshlands Under Bright Sky Surrounded By Trees

palm trees along boardwalk at sunset

Palm Trees Along Boardwalk At Sunset

city at sunset with clouded sky

City At Sunset With Clouded Sky

lakes and hills under clouded fall sky

Lakes And Hills Under Clouded Fall Sky

cane sugar fields under bright blue sky

Cane Sugar Fields Under Bright Blue Sky

dirt road runds through green trees drone

Dirt Road Runds Through Green Trees Drone

holiday candlesticks blown out

Holiday Candlesticks Blown Out

three christmas candles lit

Three Christmas Candles Lit

smoke from candlesticks blown out

Smoke From Candlesticks Blown Out

rubber tree plant leaves

Rubber Tree Plant Leaves

tea lettering on white ceramic

Tea Lettering On White Ceramic

white brick interior wall texture

White Brick Interior Wall Texture

urban green roof drone portrait

Urban Green Roof Drone Portrait

person with long shadow in parking spot

Person With Long Shadow In Parking Spot

aerial shot of person atop parking lot

Aerial Shot Of Person Atop Parking Lot

dramatic clouds roll over green mountain

Dramatic Clouds Roll Over Green Mountain

fog rolls through forest hillside

Fog Rolls Through forest Hillside

fog and mist over forest trees

Fog And Mist Over Forest Trees

wooden board walk through reeds

Wooden Board Walk Through Reeds

orchid flowers white and purple

Orchid Flowers White And Purple

row of four orchid blossoms

Row Of Four Orchid Blossoms

blue sky over red green and orange fall leaves

Blue Sky Over Red Green And Orange Fall Leaves

grey storm clouds over dry farm field

Grey Storm Clouds Over Dry Farm Field

close up on delicate orchid

Close Up On Delicate Orchid

purple and white orchid close up

Purple And White Orchid Close Up

autumn landscape from hilltops

Autumn Landscape From Hilltops

fall leaves changing color

Fall Leaves Changing Color

drying corn field under cloudy sky

Drying Corn Field Under Cloudy Sky

bright red fruit growing on apple tree

Bright Red Fruit Growing On Apple Tree

red apples ripe on tree

Red Apples Ripe On Tree

fresh picked apples in basket

Fresh Picked Apples In Basket

basket of fresh picked apple

Basket Of Fresh Picked Apple

macintosh apple trees in orchard

Macintosh Apple Trees In Orchard

apple orchard ready for the picking

Apple Orchard Ready For The Picking

autumn on rolling hills with bike path

Autumn On Rolling Hills With Bike Path

small pumpkins and colorful corn

Small Pumpkins And Colorful Corn

vines take over brick home

Vines Take Over Brick Home

bouquets of flowers on display in window

Bouquets Of Flowers On Display In Window

fall harvest vegetable market

Fall Harvest Vegetable Market

bright orange pumpkin pile

Bright Orange Pumpkin Pile

festive fall pumpkin pile

Festive Fall Pumpkin Pile

fresh garlic bulbs in braids at farmers market

Fresh Garlic Bulbs In Braids At Farmers Market

florist display through glass window

Florist Display Through Glass Window

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.