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.

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills

Sunrises On Snow Covered Mountains Towards Frosty Hills


Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field

Small Wooden Structures In A Brown Grassy Field


Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest

Cold Winding River In A Snow Covered Forest


Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds

Quiet Wooden Farm With Low Clouds


gold coins weaved onto red rope

Gold Coins Weaved Onto Red Rope


sun bleached wooden walkway through tall grass

Sun Bleached Wooden Walkway Through Tall Grass


snow covered mountains reflect on the water by a fall forest

Snow Covered Mountains Reflect On The Water By A Fall Forest


tall fall trees with a leaf covered path in brown and yellow

Tall Fall Trees With A Leaf Covered Path In Brown And Yellow


wooden walkway over water into rocky mountain pathway

Wooden Walkway Over Water Into Rocky Mountain Pathway


close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals


close up of wheat sheaves in field

Close Up Of Wheat Sheaves In Field


distant snowy mountains behind a clear blue lake

Distant Snowy Mountains Behind A Clear Blue Lake


waterfall through a lush green forest

Waterfall Through A Lush Green Forest


town on the water on a clear night

Town On The Water On A Clear Night


a waterfall cascades down the side of a large cliff

A Waterfall Cascades Down The Side Of A Large Cliff


cliffs and black rocks and ocean view

Cliffs And Black Rocks And Ocean View


aerial photo of paved road surrounded by trees

Aerial Photo Of Paved Road Surrounded By Trees


wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour


gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook


wild foliage on the hill top of a coastline

Wild Foliage On The Hill Top Of A Coastline


wild grass on an ocean coastal range

Wild Grass On An Ocean Coastal Range


two people sit high up to take in the evening sunset

Two People Sit High Up To Take In The Evening Sunset


two people on a roof together taking in the sunset

Two People On A Roof Together Taking In The Sunset


mountains and crystal clear water

Mountains And Crystal Clear Water


hikers on a red sandy desert hill

Hikers On A Red Sandy Desert Hill


pond on a mountain range reflecting the mountain view

Pond On A Mountain Range Reflecting The Mountain View


soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White


fall leaves create ripples in water

Fall Leaves Create Ripples In Water


water creates glass texture on city street

Water Creates Glass Texture On City Street


two ropes crossing over on the water

Two Ropes Crossing Over On The Water


person walks in a open air courtyard

Person Walks In A Open Air Courtyard


silhouettes of people at the top of a sand dune

Silhouettes Of People At The Top Of A Sand Dune


stone archway looks out to a tall building with circular roof

Stone Archway Looks Out To A Tall Building With Circular Roof


looking through stone archway with benches

Looking Through Stone Archway With Benches


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach


water from a thin canal reflects the taj mahal

Water From A Thin Canal Reflects The Taj Mahal


person with fishing rod of mossy green rocks

Person With Fishing Rod Of Mossy Green Rocks


building made of white intricate archways

Building Made Of White Intricate Archways


person dances in door way with a view of the taj mahal

Person Dances In Door Way With A View Of The Taj Mahal


big marble alcove with flowerly inlay

Big Marble Alcove With Flowerly Inlay


a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead


person looks up towards beautiful architecture

Person Looks Up Towards Beautiful Architecture


person stands by tall orange wall and looks up

Person Stands By Tall Orange Wall And Looks Up


roof tops at sunset in an industrial setting

Roof Tops At Sunset In An Industrial Setting


sunlight creates shadows from an overpass

Sunlight Creates Shadows From An Overpass


a duck takes in the setting sun on the water

A Duck Takes In The Setting Sun On The Water


the berlin tower at twilight

The Berlin Tower At Twilight


cement circles line the wall under an overpass

Cement Circles Line The Wall Under An Overpass


under a bridge with patterned shadows

Under A Bridge With Patterned Shadows


roof top with red brick on clear day

Roof Top With Red Brick On Clear Day


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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.