Beach pictures

Relax in our sunny collection of beach photos. You’ll find royalty-free images of stunning seaside sunsets, white sand beaches, clear blue oceans, powerful waves, beach pictures with people, starfish, conch shells, seashells, boats, and more.

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a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


a person laying in the sand with hat over their face

A Person Laying In The Sand With Hat Over Their Face


kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


photo of a legs standing on a sandy beach next to a beach bag

Photo Of A Legs Standing On A Sandy Beach Next To A Beach Bag


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline


swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea


family taking photos by the sea

Family Taking Photos By The Sea


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


winter paddling

Winter Paddling


shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors


colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees


person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach


aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets


tropical urban beach shore

Tropical Urban Beach Shore


person resting on their beach towel in black and white

Person Resting On Their Beach Towel In Black And White


man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach


sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters


smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach


wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach


sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand


close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water


woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light


rock along shoreline leads out into calm waters

Rock Along Shoreline Leads Out Into Calm Waters


bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide


a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach


sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach


woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun


a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders


person runs on the sandy beach on a overcast day

Person Runs On The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day


clear blue sea surrounds a small bank of sand

Clear Blue Sea Surrounds A Small Bank Of Sand


families and footprints on a sandy beach

Families And Footprints On A Sandy Beach


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Stunning Beach Pictures and Travel Photography

Travel photography is one of the most interesting genres of photographic journalism. As far as the subjects covered - the genre is one of the most open. Travel photographers are visual artists who specialize in capturing the essence of a time and place through the lens of a visitor observing a location and its culture.

From wide-shots of white sand beaches to action shots of intense weather patterns to serene photos of your personal tropical paradise complete with stunning shots of beach-fronts and surfs - travel photography is a truly diverse and fascinating art

Turning Your Vacation Photos into Art

The art of travel photography is so much more than simply snapping shots on location. Framing, timing, color and composition all have a significant role to play in truly capturing the character of your location.

Framing a Tropical Island

When photographers talk about “framing” an image they’re talking about using the objects around the subject you’re capturing to situate them and draw the viewer’s attention to them. Surrounding palm trees, rocks, branches and even doors or windows are great way to do this. You’ll want to be mindful of what surrounds your subject and use it to your advantage.

For example, maybe you’re on the ocean in the middle of the caribbean snapping shots of bottlenose dolphins bouncing up and down over the water. A stagnant shot of this scene would be great - but what might really put the photo over-the-edge would be managing to frame the dolphin against the backdrop of a tropical island or even the decor of the boat.

Colors of the Surf and the Ocean

Color is an important aspect in any photography - but in travel photography it’s especially important. Remember that the colors in your photographs can set the mood and convey the character of the location.

If you’re snapping shots of a tropical surf in Hawaii for example - it would make sense to use bright, saturated blues, yellows, and pinks. Whereas if you’re photographing the country-side of Scotland - more muted greys and soft greens would make more sense.

It’s no secret that colors opposite each other on the color wheel](https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory) play well together - but with photographs of real scenes, you’re not able to alter the colours of objects (at least not until post-production). Similar to framing - finding the right colours to play off each other is about having an artistic eye and being able to spot scenes and compositions in real life that can play off each other.

When travelling - you want to keep an eye out for scenes with contrasting colours that you can incorporate into your shots. Beaches, surfs, islands, cities and nature reserves are great places to find colours that naturally play off of each other.