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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green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves


a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline


blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff


close up orange tide rolls into shore

Close Up Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach


a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach


foggy golden gate

Foggy Golden Gate


bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs


figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea


rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach


azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs


foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide


a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff


woman on beach with colourful camera

Woman On Beach With Colourful Camera


cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach


the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day


rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains


sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen


waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset


the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay


sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach


blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs


waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water


pink sunset

Pink Sunset


feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water


patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos


picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset


craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters


ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores


one sunbathing sea lion chats to a sea lion in the water

One Sunbathing Sea Lion Chats To A Sea Lion In The Water


overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water


beach pillar

Beach Pillar


sun baked cliffs tower over sandy beach

Sun Baked Cliffs Tower Over Sandy Beach


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach


a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape


deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse


foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach


bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff


old man making some new friends

Old Man Making Some New Friends


young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree


a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea


drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach


a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island


sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides


split beach

Split Beach


person opens bottle on a beach

Person Opens Bottle On A Beach


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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.