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 tractor trailer

Beach Tractor Trailer


baby sea turtle escapes

Baby Sea Turtle Escapes


rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand


shipwreck silhouette at sunset

Shipwreck Silhouette At Sunset


australian beach footprints

Australian Beach Footprints


australian beach and clear ocean

Australian Beach And Clear Ocean


hot sunset over water

Hot Sunset Over Water


large rock face on beach

Large Rock Face On Beach


white sand beach from

White Sand Beach From


rocky seaside beach

Rocky Seaside Beach


sea shore rocks

Sea Shore Rocks


tropical beach shore

Tropical Beach Shore


people walk on bright beach

People Walk On Bright Beach


south african shore

South African Shore


rainbow and rock cliff

Rainbow And Rock Cliff


full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


bright beach tide

Bright Beach Tide


lifeguard tower on beach

Lifeguard Tower On Beach


tropical beach below cliff

Tropical Beach Below Cliff


grey foggy beach

Grey Foggy Beach


private holiday beach

Private Holiday Beach


ocean waves on rocks and sand

Ocean Waves On Rocks And Sand


man reflecting by ocean

Man Reflecting By Ocean


beach goers swim in ocean

Beach Goers Swim In Ocean


cactus on beach

Cactus On Beach


rock ledge into ocean

Rock Ledge Into Ocean


tropical urban beach shore

Tropical Urban Beach Shore


woman watching beach sunrise

Woman Watching Beach Sunrise


womans feet in sand with waves

Womans Feet In Sand With Waves


vacation written on beach

Vacation Written On Beach


travel written in sand

Travel Written In Sand


woman on hammock at beach

Woman On Hammock At Beach


margaritas on the beach

Margaritas On The Beach


beach resort vacation

Beach Resort Vacation


girl in beach water

Girl In Beach Water


vacation holiday coconut drink

Vacation Holiday Coconut Drink


hands peace sign in water

Hands Peace Sign In Water


heart in the sand

Heart In The Sand


mans feet on ocean shore

Mans Feet On Ocean Shore


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


beach resort holiday

Beach Resort Holiday


sandy beach holiday

Sandy Beach Holiday


beach holiday with coconut

Beach Holiday With Coconut


heart in vacation sand

Heart In Vacation Sand


coconut drink on beach

Coconut Drink On Beach


holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort


tropical beach sunrise

Tropical Beach Sunrise


ocean water on beach sand

Ocean Water On Beach Sand


man raking beach at sunset

Man Raking Beach At Sunset


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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.