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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tides goes out on rural beach

Tides Goes Out On Rural Beach


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf


three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean


sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening


rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


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

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


woman in a facemask takes a selfie with her phone

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Selfie With Her Phone


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


a flag and people on a beach in black and white

A Flag And People On A Beach In Black And White


a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand


feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water


water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach


relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach


ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline


person in a white dress stands on the beach at sunset

Person In A White Dress Stands On The Beach At Sunset


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The 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


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach


cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff


a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water


gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers


typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach


setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The 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.