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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vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach


blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach


blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand


beach scene with people enjoying the warmth

Beach Scene With People Enjoying The Warmth


waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff


blue shallows offshore from dense forest

Blue Shallows Offshore From Dense Forest


watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


photo of a legs standing on a sandy beach next to a beach bag

Photo Of A Legs Standing On A Sandy Beach Next To A Beach Bag


a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach


oceanside park

Oceanside Park


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


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset


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

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


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach


three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach


feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach


a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach


a person laying in the sand with hat over their face

A Person Laying In The Sand With Hat Over Their Face


people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach


relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach


sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide


a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side


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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.