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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happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset

macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach

a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach

rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset

person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach

lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset

straw parasols on a beach in greece

Straw Parasols On A Beach In Greece

woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers

private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores

abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene

a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach

straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach

wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water

sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand

paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day

kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach

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 waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset

person runs on the sandy beach on a overcast day

Person Runs On The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day

large waves lap the brown sandy shore

Large Waves Lap The Brown Sandy Shore

shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors

jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach

calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline

haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon

swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves

family taking photos by the sea

Family Taking Photos By The Sea

viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance

contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea

sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water

man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach

aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets

winter paddling

Winter Paddling

person running on the beach under setting sun

Person Running On The Beach Under Setting Sun

colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees

sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand

wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach

tropical urban beach shore

Tropical Urban Beach Shore

bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach

sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters

sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach

smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach

beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background

rock along shoreline leads out into calm waters

Rock Along Shoreline Leads Out Into Calm Waters

women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand

woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light

woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun

a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach

blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach

a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders

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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.