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 child with long brown hair inspects pebbles on the beach

A Child With Long Brown Hair Inspects Pebbles On the Beach


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


misty crowded beach with hills and buildings

Misty Crowded Beach With Hills And Buildings


buildings, beaches, and blue sea water

Buildings, Beaches, and Blue Sea Water


water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore


sailboats anchored in blue water harbour

Sailboats Anchored in Blue Water Harbour


husband and wife on the rocks

Husband And Wife On The Rocks


wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach


the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog


vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning


two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach


bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach


woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun


tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs


blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk


hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach


shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors


beach scene with people enjoying the warmth

Beach Scene With People Enjoying The Warmth


blue shallows offshore from dense forest

Blue Shallows Offshore From Dense Forest


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand At The Beach


waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff


watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering


oceanside park

Oceanside Park


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach


persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach


barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand


new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf


person running on the beach under setting sun

Person Running On The Beach Under Setting Sun


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening


water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach


blue waves roll over pebbles on a palm tree-lined beach

Blue Waves Roll Over Pebbles On A Palm Tree-Lined Beach


rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach


water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


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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.