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](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.