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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new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs

a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff

cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

palm frond hangs over white sandy beach

Palm Frond Hangs Over White Sandy Beach

sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening

water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach

smile for the camera!

Smile For The Camera!

water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier

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

sunbathers, surfers and kayakers on a beach under cliffs

Sunbathers, Surfers And Kayakers On A Beach Under Cliffs

rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach

bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach

typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day

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

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

a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay

the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines

wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach

young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket

a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters

beach birds

Beach Birds

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

husband and wife on the rocks

Husband And Wife On The Rocks

limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy Beach

dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk

skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach

shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors

barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand

a beautiful view on a cloudy day

A Beautiful View On A Cloudy Day

rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water

sea wading

Sea Wading

a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs

green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves

viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk

puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach

a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline

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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.