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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oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs

new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf

a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach

palm frond hangs over white sandy beach

Palm Frond Hangs Over White Sandy Beach

cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach

sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach

water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

throwing breadcrumbs to hungry seagulls circling above

Throwing Breadcrumbs To Hungry Seagulls Circling Above

sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon

bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach

smile for the camera!

Smile For The Camera!

wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach

sunbathers, surfers and kayakers on a beach under cliffs

Sunbathers, Surfers And Kayakers On A Beach Under Cliffs

typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach

rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach

a greying older man plays a pipe strolling by water's edge

A Greying Older Man Plays A Pipe Strolling By Water's Edge

water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day

a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach

the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines

sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay

a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters

dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors

husband and wife on the rocks

Husband And Wife On The Rocks

young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket

people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach

Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach

two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs

skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach

beach birds

Beach Birds

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk

a beautiful view on a cloudy day

A Beautiful View On A Cloudy Day

puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset

limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy Beach

rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water

barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand

sea wading

Sea Wading

a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

person fishing on the beach is silhouetted at sunset

Person Fishing On The Beach Is Silhouetted At Sunset

water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore

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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.