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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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

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning

white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside

two people sit on a beach throwing a ball for two dogs

Two People Sit On A Beach Throwing A Ball For Two Dogs

woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun

two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach

water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach

dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk

person gives peace sign while wearing a facemask

Person Gives Peace Sign While Wearing A Facemask

bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach

blue shallows offshore from dense forest

Blue Shallows Offshore From Dense Forest

beach scene with people enjoying the warmth

Beach Scene With People Enjoying The Warmth

two people in formal wear dance on the beach

Two People In Formal Wear Dance On The Beach

the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog

a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach

oceanside park

Oceanside Park

waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff

watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering

shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors

new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf

water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening

sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach

misty crowded beach with hills and buildings

Misty Crowded Beach With Hills And Buildings

shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand

barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand

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

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

water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach

a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach

black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer

person running on the beach under setting sun

Person Running On The Beach Under Setting Sun

relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach

person on a beach with their hands up in black and white

Person On A Beach With Their Hands Up In Black And White

tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs

rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses

ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach

a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side

beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story

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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]( 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.