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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shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand

people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach

close up orange tide rolls into shore

Close Up Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach

sun sets behind two feathers in the sand

Sun Rises Behind Two Feathers In The Sand

relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach

a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

two people walking along the beach at sunset

Two People Walking Along The Beach At Sunset

typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach

cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline

cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

two people sit on the beach and watch the sunset

Two People Sit On The Beach And Watch The Sunset

a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

beach birds

Beach Birds

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

sunbathers, surfers and kayakers on a beach under cliffs

Sunbathers, Surfers And Kayakers On A Beach Under Cliffs

a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge

the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines

Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset

gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers

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

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

sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon

gray ripples

Gray Ripples

pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs

a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain

drone image of person on white sandy beach

Drone Image Of Person On White Sandy Beach

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

smile for the camera!

Smile For The Camera!

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket

a beautiful view on a cloudy day

A Beautiful View On A Cloudy Day

a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters

two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs

limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy Beach

puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

sea wading

Sea Wading

crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The 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]( 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.