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.

alternative sandcastle

Alternative Sandcastle


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


palm frond hangs over white sandy beach

Palm Frond Hangs Over White Sandy Beach


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


yellow seaweed by rock pool

Yellow Seaweed By Rock Pool


surfers take to the water

Surfers Take To The Water


coracle boats in a beach

Coracle Boats In A Beach


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


a sweeping sunset illuminating a beach

A Sweeping Sunset Illuminating A Beach


small island stands alone

Small Island Stands Alone


sun sets in the distance and shines on the water

Sun Sets In The Distance And Shines On The Water


seashells down by the seashore

Seashells Down By The Seashore


mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks


woman in sari on beach

Woman In Sari On Beach


white waves tracing the shore line

White Waves Tracing The Shore Line


sun sets over surfers and beach goers

Sun Sets Over Surfers And Beach Goers


a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


rocky seashore

Rocky Seashore


waves crash on rocky coastline

Waves Crash On Rocky Coastline


stone bollard in sand

Stone Bollard In Sand


stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset


waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun


woman carrying log on beach in india

Woman Carrying Log On Beach In India


blue hour over the horizon from beach

Blue Hour Over The Horizon From Beach


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


bustling bay before the sea

Bustling Bay Before The Sea


tide rolling to shore under sunset

Tide Rolling To Shore Under Sunset


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


feet walk into the water

Feet Walk Into The Water


gray ripples

Gray Ripples


empty lifeguard chair at the beach

Empty Lifeguard Chair At The Beach


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


person sitting on beach looking out

Person Sitting On Beach Looking Out


stone shoreline frames sky

Stone Shoreline Frames Sky


wooden structure on the beach

Wooden Structure On The Beach


cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea


woman in red walking through shallow water

Woman In Red Walking Through Shallow Water


woman walks away across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Away Across Grassy Dunes


tide rolls into shore between rocks

Tide Rolls Into Shore Between Rocks


crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The Beach


woman walks across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Across Grassy Dunes


sunsetting on foamy rocks

Sunsetting On Foamy Rocks


large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy Beach


two people walking along the beach at sunset

Two People Walking Along The Beach At Sunset


wine and cheese picnic on the beach

Wine And Cheese Picnic On The Beach


a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight


sandy beach and large cliffs

Sandy Beach And Large Cliffs


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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.