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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the sea crashing into shore on a sunny day

The Sea Crashing Into Shore On A Sunny Day


a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island


wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach


sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen


a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach


wooden fence lines a sandy beach and grassy hill

Wooden Fence Lines A Sandy Beach And Grassy Hill


a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs


a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline


azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs


rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach


viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay


beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight


bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs


rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water


blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff


green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves


person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun


two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter


a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees


figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea


throwing breadcrumbs to hungry seagulls circling above

Throwing Breadcrumbs To Hungry Seagulls Circling Above


woman on beach with colourful camera

Woman On Beach With Colourful Camera


the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast


two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach


beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella


skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach


two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach


kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs


the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay


water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day


craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters


bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff


person cross legged on a yoga mat at the beach

Person Cross Legged On A Yoga Mat At The Beach


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


a restaurant by the water

A Restaurant By The Water


sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides


rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains


foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore


large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy Beach


pink sunset

Pink Sunset


a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water


people stand on beach by a pier at sunset

People Stand On Beach By A Pier At Sunset


people walking down a sandy beach at sunset

People Walking Down A Sandy Beach 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.