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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beach grass

Beach Grass

two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach

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

ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores

the setting sun over still water on a city coast

The Setting Sun Over Still Water On A City Coast

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

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

foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach

tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself

drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach

aerial photo of green trees and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo Of Green Trees And Aqua Blue Water

sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach

large mountains with a small busy beach

Large Mountains With A Small Busy Beach

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters

young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera

gray ripples

Gray Ripples

split beach

Split Beach

beach walk at sunset with a pier in the distance

Beach Walk At Sunset With A Pier In The Distance

young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree

beach stones rounded by waves cover the shore

Beach Stones Rounded By Waves Cover The Shore

beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood

calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline

busy beach with city buildings surrounding the coastline

Busy Beach With City Buildings Surrounding The Coastline

clifftop view of sea shore

Clifftop View Of Sea Shore

cliff over sandy winter beach and colorful homes

Cliff Over Sandy Winter Beach And Colorful Homes

aerial photo of a town next to a sandy beach

Aerial Photo of A Town Next To A Sandy Beach

bridge to off shore rock

Bridge To Off Shore Rock

sandy beach and large cliffs

Sandy Beach And Large Cliffs

an aerial view of clear blue water by the shore

An Aerial View Of Clear Blue Water By The Shore

beachside palms

Beachside Palms

taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach

wooden pegs lead into aqua blue water

Wooden Pegs Lead Into Aqua Blue Water

beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky

bon echo provincial park sandcastle

Bon Echo Provincial Park Sandcastle

tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning

still beach at sunset with person crouching

Still Beach At Sunset With Person Crouching

a jagged rocky cliffside meets the ocean water and waves

A Jagged Rocky Cliffside Meets The Ocean Water And Waves

waves on the shore with hills in distance

Waves On The Shore With Hills In Distance

people walk down a sandy beach on a clear day

People Walk Down A Sandy Beach On A Clear Day

mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks

view of a busy beach through branches of a tree

View Of A Busy Beach Through Branches Of A Tree

person jumping on beach creating a floating illusion

Person Jumping On Beach Creating A Floating Illusion

man vs rock

Man Vs Rock

sea bird perched atop barnacle covered post off rocky shore

Sea Bird Perched Atop Barnacle Covered Post Off Rocky Shore

waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack

a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End

a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight

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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.