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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young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera


large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy Beach


misty crowded beach with hills and buildings

Misty Crowded Beach With Hills And Buildings


sun sets behind two feathers in the sand

Sun Rises Behind Two Feathers In The Sand


beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky


sea bird perched atop barnacle covered post off rocky shore

Sea Bird Perched Atop Barnacle Covered Post Off Rocky Shore


beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees


beachside palms

Beachside Palms


rocky shoreline and choppy water

Rocky Shoreline And Choppy Water


taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach


two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach


mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks


staggered rocks and sparse plants along shoreline

Staggered Rocks And Sparse Plants Along Shoreline


person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach


beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins


aerial photo of green trees and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo Of Green Trees And Aqua Blue Water


ocean with a boat in the foreground

Ocean With A Boat In The Foreground


a beach shack on stilts

A Beach Shack On Stilts


young woman takes in the view

Young Woman Takes In The View


people stand on beach by a pier at sunset

People Stand On Beach By A Pier At Sunset


the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast


cliff over sandy winter beach and colorful homes

Cliff Over Sandy Winter Beach And Colorful Homes


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


large boulders emerge from water at the shoreline

Large Boulders Emerge From Water At The Shoreline


sandy beach and large cliffs

Sandy Beach And Large Cliffs


woman carries wood across beach in india

Woman Carries Wood Across Beach In India


hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach


tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning


stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset


people walking down a sandy beach at sunset

People Walking Down A Sandy Beach At Sunset


a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight


three pairs of summer shoes and a beach bag on the beach

Three Pairs Of Summer Shoes And A Beach Bag On The Beach


tides goes out on rural beach

Tides Goes Out On Rural Beach


beach walk at sunset with a pier in the distance

Beach Walk At Sunset With A Pier In The Distance


seagulls make some noise on a beach

Seagulls Make Some Noise On A Beach


wooden pegs lead into aqua blue water

Wooden Pegs Lead Into Aqua Blue Water


person cross legged on a yoga mat at the beach

Person Cross Legged On A Yoga Mat At The Beach


person in black walks towards the water on beach

Person In Black Walks Towards The Water On Beach


waves crashing over beach structure

Waves Crashing Over Beach Structure


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


sun loungers lined on the beach

Sun Loungers Lined On The Beach


sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon


white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside


waves on the shore with hills in distance

Waves On The Shore With Hills In Distance


broken beach

Broken Beach


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


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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.