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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two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs


throwing breadcrumbs to hungry seagulls circling above

Throwing Breadcrumbs To Hungry Seagulls Circling Above


person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach


waves crash on rocky coastline

Waves Crash On Rocky Coastline


tides goes out on rural beach

Tides Goes Out On Rural Beach


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water


a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline


two people walking along the beach at sunset

Two People Walking Along The Beach At Sunset


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


two people sit on the beach and watch the sunset

Two People Sit On The Beach And Watch The Sunset


green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs


water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day


figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea


bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs


crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The Beach


azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs


person in a floral dress stands on a beach facing the water

Person In A Floral Dress Stands On A Beach Facing The Water


skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach


a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island


two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


person riding their bike at sunset along the beach

Person Riding Their Bike At Sunset Along The Beach


the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay


craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters


kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs


foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore


a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach


woman on beach with colourful camera

Woman On Beach With Colourful Camera


woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach


sun sets behind two feathers in the sand

Sun Rises Behind Two Feathers In The Sand


rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains


waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun


sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen


beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight


bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff


pink sunset

Pink Sunset


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


woman in a facemask takes a selfie with her phone

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Selfie With Her Phone


sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides


waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water


a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset


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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.