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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a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters


split beach

Split Beach


crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The Beach


beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


an aerial view of clear blue water by the shore

An Aerial View Of Clear Blue Water By The Shore


sunny day on a busy beach

Sunny Day On A Busy Beach


bridge to off shore rock

Bridge To Off Shore Rock


person running on the beach under setting sun

Person Running On The Beach Under Setting Sun


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


wicker beach bag and sandals on a white sandy beach

Wicker Beach Bag And Sandals On A White Sandy Beach


bon echo provincial park sandcastle

Bon Echo Provincial Park Sandcastle


two people walking along the beach at sunset

Two People Walking Along The Beach At Sunset


drone image of person on white sandy beach

Drone Image Of Person On White Sandy Beach


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


a jagged rocky cliffside meets the ocean water and waves

A Jagged Rocky Cliffside Meets The Ocean Water And Waves


flowers view

Flowers View


beach grass

Beach Grass


waves crash on rocky coastline

Waves Crash On Rocky Coastline


two people sit on the beach and watch the sunset

Two People Sit On The Beach And Watch The Sunset


two people jump high on a sandy beach

Two People Jump High On A Sandy Beach


beach stones rounded by waves cover the shore

Beach Stones Rounded By Waves Cover The Shore


a battered hut at the water's edge framed by city lights

A Battered Hut At The Water's Edge Framed By City Lights


rocky beach

Rocky Beach


tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs


a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


sea bird perched atop barnacle covered post off rocky shore

Sea Bird Perched Atop Barnacle Covered Post Off Rocky Shore


wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach


two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter


clifftop view of sea shore

Clifftop View Of Sea Shore


man vs rock

Man Vs Rock


a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand


person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun


tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself


beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky


people sit around a bonfire on the beach

People Sit Around A Bonfire On The Beach


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain


rocky shoreline and choppy water

Rocky Shoreline And Choppy Water


beachside palms

Beachside Palms


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood


large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy 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.