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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single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea


a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side


a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand At The Beach


persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset


a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge


typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach


cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach


overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water


waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide


person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach


setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide


gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand


blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach


picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset


cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach


close up orange tide rolls into shore

Close Up Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


beach birds

Beach Birds


waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset


the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines


puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset


pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


sunbathers, surfers and kayakers on a beach under cliffs

Sunbathers, Surfers And Kayakers On A Beach Under Cliffs


sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon


silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach


deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse


smile for the camera!

Smile For The Camera!


a beautiful view on a cloudy day

A Beautiful View On A Cloudy Day


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


white boat with a red stripe on a sandy beach

White Boat With A Red Stripe On A Sandy Beach


a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters


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

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


rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach


person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach


viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff


sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


drone image of person on white sandy beach

Drone Image Of Person On White Sandy Beach


limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy 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.