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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blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing

sun sets behind two feathers in the sand

Sun Rises Behind Two Feathers In The Sand

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

a battered hut at the water's edge framed by city lights

A Battered Hut At The Water's Edge Framed By City Lights

man vs rock

Man Vs Rock

beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky

young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera

view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees

sea bird perched atop barnacle covered post off rocky shore

Sea Bird Perched Atop Barnacle Covered Post Off Rocky Shore

beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood

two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach

beachside palms

Beachside Palms

rocky shoreline and choppy water

Rocky Shoreline And Choppy Water

taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach

staggered rocks and sparse plants along shoreline

Staggered Rocks And Sparse Plants Along Shoreline

aerial photo of green trees and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo Of Green Trees And Aqua Blue Water

mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks

person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach

hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach

beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins

a beach shack on stilts

A Beach Shack On Stilts

people stand on beach by a pier at sunset

People Stand On Beach By A Pier At Sunset

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

the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast

sandy beach and large cliffs

Sandy Beach And Large Cliffs

young woman takes in the view

Young Woman Takes In The View

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

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

large boulders emerge from water at the shoreline

Large Boulders Emerge From Water At The Shoreline

three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

woman carries wood across beach in india

Woman Carries Wood Across Beach In India

three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach

a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight

beach walk at sunset with a pier in the distance

Beach Walk At Sunset With A Pier In The Distance

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

people walking down a sandy beach at sunset

People Walking Down A Sandy Beach At Sunset

a boat with clothing on it on the shore

A Boat With Clothing On It On The Shore

white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside

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

tides goes out on rural beach

Tides Goes Out On Rural Beach

waves crashing over beach structure

Waves Crashing Over Beach Structure

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

seagulls make some noise on a beach

Seagulls Make Some Noise On A Beach

sun loungers lined on the beach

Sun Loungers Lined On The Beach

a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

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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]( 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.