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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sand bar between blue ocean waters

Sand Bar Between Blue Ocean Waters


tall mountains look over ocean and sandy beach

Tall Mountains Look Over Ocean And Sandy Beach


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide


tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach


sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters


aerial view of coastal city and roller coaster

Aerial View Of Coastal City And Roller Coaster


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


sandy beach driftwood close up

Sandy Beach Driftwood Close Up


sand dunes and beach watch tower

Sand Dunes And Beach Watch Tower


beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


small hand in the sand

Small Hand In The Sand


kids sand castle

Kids Sand Castle


los angeles palms by boardwalk

Los Angeles Palms By Boardwalk


beach chairs seaside

Beach Chairs Seaside


winding road on california coast

Winding Road On California Coast


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


rocky california shore with waves

Rocky California Shore With Waves


california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach


soccer ball in hand at park

Soccer Ball In Hand At Park


tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park


rusty bike parked on boardwalk

Rusty Bike Parked On Boardwalk


bon echo provincial park sandcastle

Bon Echo Provincial Park Sandcastle


tall grass near sandy beach

Tall Grass Near Sandy Beach


pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


red and blue shoreline iphone screen

Red And Blue Shoreline Iphone Screen


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach


cute pug in a blanket by water

Cute Pug In A Blanket By Water


wise pug thinking about the world

Wise Pug Thinking About The World


blanket pug on rocky shore

Blanket Pug On Rocky Shore


sea kayaks by ocean

Sea Kayaks By Ocean


ocean swimmers on vacation

Ocean Swimmers On Vacation


silhouette with pink and purple sky

Silhouette With Pink And Purple Sky


orange sunrise over beach

Orange Sunrise Over 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.