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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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

sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach

a woman in a beach robe poses on the beach

A Woman In A Beach Robe Poses On The Beach

sailboats anchored in blue water harbour

Sailboats Anchored in Blue Water Harbour

grassy rooftops

Grassy Rooftops

person running on the beach under setting sun

Person Running On The Beach Under Setting Sun

woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning

buildings, beaches, and blue sea water

Buildings, Beaches, and Blue Sea Water

husband and wife on the rocks

Husband And Wife On The Rocks

blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach

a woman walks along the beach leaving footprints in the sand

A Woman Walks Along The Beach Leaving Footprints In The Sand

a tanned woman with patterned shawl poses on beach

A Tanned Woman With Patterned Shawl Poses On Beach

sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach

macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach

sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach

a person laying in the sand with hat over their face

A Person Laying In The Sand With Hat Over Their Face

vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View

three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach

two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach

dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk

rocky cliffs stand over sandy beach

Rocky Cliffs Stand Over Sandy Beach

blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset

hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach

bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave

person resting on their beach towel in black and white

Person Resting On Their Beach Towel In Black And White

a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand

barefoot in the sand

Barefoot In The Sand

a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach

waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff

person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach

beach scene with people enjoying the warmth

Beach Scene With People Enjoying The Warmth

person runs on the sandy beach on a overcast day

Person Runs On The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

large waves lap the brown sandy shore

Large Waves Lap The Brown Sandy Shore

sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach

watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering

blue shallows offshore from dense forest

Blue Shallows Offshore From Dense Forest

bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach

feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water

new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf

oceanside park

Oceanside Park

sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening

a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier

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

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

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand

overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water

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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.