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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close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree


beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella


person in a white dress stands on the beach at sunset

Person In A White Dress Stands On The Beach At Sunset


stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset


beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood


close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset


beach walk at sunset with a pier in the distance

Beach Walk At Sunset With A Pier In The Distance


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


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


an aerial view of clear blue water by the shore

An Aerial View Of Clear Blue Water By The Shore


bridge to off shore rock

Bridge To Off Shore Rock


sandy beach and large cliffs

Sandy Beach And Large Cliffs


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


aerial photo of a town next to a sandy beach

Aerial Photo of A Town Next To A Sandy Beach


a jagged rocky cliffside meets the ocean water and waves

A Jagged Rocky Cliffside Meets The Ocean Water And Waves


bon echo provincial park sandcastle

Bon Echo Provincial Park Sandcastle


wooden pegs lead into aqua blue water

Wooden Pegs Lead Into Aqua Blue Water


people walk down a sandy beach on a clear day

People Walk Down A Sandy Beach On A Clear Day


sunlight ducks below the horizon

Sunlight Ducks Below The Horizon


beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky


a lifeguard tower at twilight

A Lifeguard Tower At Twilight


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


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


staggered rocks and sparse plants along shoreline

Staggered Rocks And Sparse Plants Along Shoreline


rocky beach

Rocky Beach


still beach at sunset with person crouching

Still Beach At Sunset With Person Crouching


waves on the shore with hills in distance

Waves On The Shore With Hills In Distance


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


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


beachside palms

Beachside Palms


view of a busy beach through branches of a tree

View Of A Busy Beach Through Branches Of A Tree


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach


white buildings with red roofs

White Buildings With Red Roofs


beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins


a battered hut at the water's edge framed by city lights

A Battered Hut At The Water's Edge Framed By City Lights


seaweed washes ashore on the beach

Seaweed Washes Ashore On The Beach


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning


mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


a beach shack on stilts

A Beach Shack On Stilts


person jumping on beach creating a floating illusion

Person Jumping On Beach Creating A Floating Illusion


a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


rocky shoreline and choppy water

Rocky Shoreline And Choppy Water


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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.