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

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


Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach


sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters


rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


sea wading

Sea Wading


drone image of person on white sandy beach

Drone Image Of Person On White Sandy Beach


limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy Beach


sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay


waves crash on rocky coastline

Waves Crash On Rocky Coastline


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk


blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket


a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach


a flag and people on a beach in black and white

A Flag And People On A Beach In Black And White


two people sit on the beach and watch the sunset

Two People Sit On The Beach And Watch The Sunset


the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


throwing breadcrumbs to hungry seagulls circling above

Throwing Breadcrumbs To Hungry Seagulls Circling Above


a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline


rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


person in a white dress stands on the beach at sunset

Person In A White Dress Stands On The Beach At Sunset


two people walking along the beach at sunset

Two People Walking Along The Beach At Sunset


green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves


a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The Beach


skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach


a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain


azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs


figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea


water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs


waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching 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](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.