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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macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


sun sets behind two feathers in the sand

Sun Rises Behind Two Feathers In The Sand


the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay


beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight


kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs


craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters


foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore


woman on beach with colourful camera

Woman On Beach With Colourful Camera


close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff


a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach


sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen


rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains


a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset


wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach


view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset


pink sunset

Pink Sunset


sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water


person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides


lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


beach pillar

Beach Pillar


two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter


a restaurant by the water

A Restaurant By The Water


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


sunny day on a busy beach

Sunny Day On A Busy Beach


a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape


flowers view

Flowers View


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


photo of a legs standing on a sandy beach next to a beach bag

Photo Of A Legs Standing On A Sandy Beach Next To A Beach Bag


patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos


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


beach grass

Beach Grass


people stand on beach by a pier at sunset

People Stand On Beach By A Pier At Sunset


tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself


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

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


a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea


ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores


beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella


three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach


two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A 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.