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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person in black walks towards the water on beach

Person In Black Walks Towards The Water On Beach


coracle boats in a beach

Coracle Boats In A Beach


people walk down a sandy beach on a clear day

People Walk Down A Sandy Beach On A Clear Day


sandy beach with sandals sunglasses and a beach bag

Sandy Beach With Sandals Sunglasses And A Beach Bag


aerial photo of a town next to a sandy beach

Aerial Photo of A Town Next To A Sandy Beach


view of a busy beach through branches of a tree

View Of A Busy Beach Through Branches Of A Tree


seaweed washes ashore on the beach

Seaweed Washes Ashore On The Beach


a church sits atop colorful beach

A Church Sits Atop Colorful Beach


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


white boat with a red stripe on a sandy beach

White Boat With A Red Stripe On A Sandy Beach


birch trees looking out to water

Birch Trees Looking Out To Water


sand dunes and beach watch tower

Sand Dunes And Beach Watch Tower


a sweeping sunset illuminating a beach

A Sweeping Sunset Illuminating A Beach


clouds cascading over horizon on water

Clouds Cascading Over Horizon On Water


sunny coastline below distant mountains

Sunny Coastline Below Distant Mountains


tide rolls in on a cloudy day

Tide Rolls In On A Cloudy Day


the tide rolls in on a sunny beach scene

The Tide Rolls In On A Sunny Beach Scene


person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach


stone archway frames a person walking to beach

Stone Archway Frames A Person Walking To Beach


busy beach with city buildings surrounding the coastline

Busy Beach With City Buildings Surrounding The Coastline


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


sun sets in the distance and shines on the water

Sun Sets In The Distance And Shines On The Water


sandy beach driftwood close up

Sandy Beach Driftwood Close Up


lifeguard stands on sandy beach

Lifeguard Stands On Sandy Beach


people sit on the beach and look out toward ocean

People Sit On The Beach And Look Out Toward Ocean


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


aerial view of swimmers

Aerial View Of Swimmers


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


lighthouse and crashing waves

Lighthouse And Crashing Waves


overcast sky over beach path

Overcast Sky Over Beach Path


person jumping on beach creating a floating illusion

Person Jumping On Beach Creating A Floating Illusion


person stands on white sandy hill looking out to the ocean

Person Stands On White Sandy Hill Looking Out To The Ocean


birds on sand

Birds On Sand


the sunrises over the water as a person walks the beach

The Sunrises Over The Water As A Person Walks The Beach


waves lap the shore of a sandy beach

Waves Lap The Shore Of A Sandy Beach


person dressed in black looks out to a sandy beach

Person Dressed In Black Looks Out To A Sandy Beach


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea


sun soaked rocky beach

Sun Soaked Rocky Beach


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

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


person is silhouetted walking the beach at sunrise

Person Is Silhouetted Walking The Beach At Sunrise


yellow and brown seaweed

Yellow And Brown Seaweed


person in a floral dress stands on a beach facing the water

Person In A Floral Dress Stands On A Beach Facing The Water


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


person carries their blue and white surfboard to the ocean

Person Carries Their Blue And White Surfboard To The Ocean


windy seaside walk

Windy Seaside Walk


woman carrying log on beach in india

Woman Carrying Log On Beach In India


black boots and legs on a sandy beach at sunset

Black Boots And Legs On A Sandy Beach At Sunset


a single sailboat in still waters

A Single Sailboat In Still Waters


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


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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.