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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setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide

a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach

oceanside park

Oceanside Park

overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water

oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock

blue waves roll over pebbles on a palm tree-lined beach

Blue Waves Roll Over Pebbles On A Palm Tree-Lined Beach

a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach

shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand

sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening

water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier

typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach

people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

water gently bubbling onto beach

Water Gently Bubbling Onto Beach

relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach

cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach

cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach

lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water

a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side

ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines

a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain

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

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

beach birds

Beach Birds

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon

waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters

a beautiful view on a cloudy day

A Beautiful View On A Cloudy Day

drone image of person on white sandy beach

Drone Image Of Person On White Sandy Beach

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

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

the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast

gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers

two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs

young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket

pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach

the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day

two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter

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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.