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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bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff

person in black walks towards the water on beach

Person In Black Walks Towards The Water On Beach

rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains

waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water

beach walk at sunset with a pier in the distance

Beach Walk At Sunset With A Pier In The Distance

old man making some new friends

Old Man Making Some New Friends

flowers view

Flowers View

aerial photo of green trees and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo Of Green Trees And Aqua Blue Water

people sit on the beach and look out toward ocean

People Sit On The Beach And Look Out Toward Ocean

beach pillar

Beach Pillar

patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos

a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape

busy beach with city buildings surrounding the coastline

Busy Beach With City Buildings Surrounding The Coastline

beach grass

Beach Grass

people walk down a sandy beach on a clear day

People Walk Down A Sandy Beach On A Clear Day

a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach

ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores

stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset

sunny day on a busy beach

Sunny Day On A Busy Beach

woman in glasses smiles by the rocky shoreline

Woman In Glasses Smiles By The Rocky Shoreline

a single sailboat in still waters

A Single Sailboat In Still Waters

cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea

a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight

view of a busy beach through branches of a tree

View Of A Busy Beach Through Branches Of A Tree

drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach

waves lap the shore of a sandy beach

Waves Lap The Shore Of A Sandy Beach

sun baked cliffs tower over sandy beach

Sun Baked Cliffs Tower Over Sandy Beach

tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself

mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks

foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach

aerial photo of a town next to a sandy beach

Aerial Photo of A Town Next To A Sandy Beach

young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera

seaweed washes ashore on the beach

Seaweed Washes Ashore On The Beach

a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End

white buildings with red roofs

White Buildings With Red Roofs

split beach

Split Beach

beachside palms

Beachside Palms

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

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

haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast

person jumping on beach creating a floating illusion

Person Jumping On Beach Creating A Floating Illusion

beach stones rounded by waves cover the shore

Beach Stones Rounded By Waves Cover The Shore

taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach

hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters

beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky

cliff over sandy winter beach and colorful homes

Cliff Over Sandy Winter Beach And Colorful Homes

young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree

person is silhouetted walking the beach at sunrise

Person Is Silhouetted Walking The Beach At Sunrise

wooden pegs lead into aqua blue water

Wooden Pegs Lead Into Aqua Blue Water

beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins

man vs rock

Man Vs Rock

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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.