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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a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs

rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water

a figure in a hoodie on a beach at the shoreline

A Figure In A Hoodie On A Beach At The Shoreline

a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach

azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs

blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff

viewing machine stood on a boardwalk

Viewing Machine Stood On A Boardwalk

green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves

sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay

beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight

crystal clear water on the beach

Crystal Clear Water On The Beach

bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs

wooden fence on sandy beach

Wooden Fence On Sandy Beach

a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset

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

skyscrapers at the beach

Skyscrapers At The Beach

figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea

sunset on open water

Sunset On Open Water

two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach

lifeguard chair on an empty beach

Lifeguard Chair On An Empty Beach

person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun

kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs

blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing

gray ripples

Gray Ripples

water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day

view of crystal clear lake and colorful trees

View Of Crystal Clear Lake And Colorful Trees

the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay

bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff

craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters

orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore

rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds

foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore

a restaurant by the water

A Restaurant By The Water

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach

pink sunset

Pink Sunset

beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella

two people run into the water on a beach in winter

Two People Run Into The Water On A Beach In Winter

rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains

sunset beach tides

Sunset Beach Tides

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

the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast

beach pillar

Beach Pillar

a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea

person cross legged on a yoga mat at the beach

Person Cross Legged On A Yoga Mat At The Beach

patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos

person in black walks towards the water on beach

Person In Black Walks Towards The Water On 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]( 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.