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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bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs

blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff

puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset

wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach

foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore

the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day

close up orange tide rolls into shore

Close Up Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff

sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen

two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach

pink sunset

Pink Sunset

rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains

foggy golden gate

Foggy Golden Gate

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay

setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide

water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore

woman on beach with colourful camera

Woman On Beach With Colourful Camera

waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water

kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs

patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters

waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset

beach pillar

Beach Pillar

ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores

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

sun baked cliffs tower over sandy beach

Sun Baked Cliffs Tower Over Sandy Beach

foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach

a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

silhouettes of two people splashing on the beach

Silhouettes Of Two People Splashing On The Beach

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water

cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

old man making some new friends

Old Man Making Some New Friends

bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff

sunrise over wavy ocean on sandy beach

Sunrise Over Wavy Ocean On Sandy Beach

overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water

young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree

hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters

a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island

sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides

a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea

an aerial view of clear blue water by the shore

An Aerial View Of Clear Blue Water By The Shore

drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach

split beach

Split Beach

a jagged rocky cliffside meets the ocean water and waves

A Jagged Rocky Cliffside Meets The Ocean Water And Waves

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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.