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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orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun


view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


beach pillar

Beach Pillar


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter


a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape


lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


sunny day on a busy beach

Sunny Day On A Busy Beach


flowers view

Flowers View


a restaurant by the water

A Restaurant By The Water


three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean


old man making some new friends

Old Man Making Some New Friends


sun baked cliffs tower over sandy beach

Sun Baked Cliffs Tower Over Sandy Beach


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores


one sunbathing sea lion chats to a sea lion in the water

One Sunbathing Sea Lion Chats To A Sea Lion In The Water


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


people stand on beach by a pier at sunset

People Stand On Beach By A Pier At Sunset


a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea


beach grass

Beach Grass


two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach


person cross legged on a yoga mat at the beach

Person Cross Legged On A Yoga Mat At The Beach


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


aerial photo of green trees and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo Of Green Trees And Aqua Blue Water


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy Beach


split beach

Split Beach


hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters


a flag and people on a beach in black and white

A Flag And People On A Beach In Black And White


drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach


the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


people walking down a sandy beach at sunset

People Walking Down A Sandy Beach At Sunset


person in black walks towards the water on beach

Person In Black Walks Towards The Water On Beach


young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera


beach stones rounded by waves cover the shore

Beach Stones Rounded By Waves Cover The Shore


young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree


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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.