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.

bustling bay before the sea

Bustling Bay Before The Sea


seaweed washes ashore on the beach

Seaweed Washes Ashore On The Beach


a restaurant by the water

A Restaurant By The Water


cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea


lifeguard stands on sandy beach

Lifeguard Stands On Sandy Beach


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


wooden structure on the beach

Wooden Structure On The Beach


gray ripples

Gray Ripples


empty lifeguard chair at the beach

Empty Lifeguard Chair At The Beach


woman in red walking through shallow water

Woman In Red Walking Through Shallow Water


stone shoreline frames sky

Stone Shoreline Frames Sky


tide rolls into shore between rocks

Tide Rolls Into Shore Between Rocks


woman walks away across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Away Across Grassy Dunes


sunsetting on foamy rocks

Sunsetting On Foamy Rocks


lighthouse on rocks overlooks water

Lighthouse On Rocks Overlooks Water


beachfront buildings nestled at the base of a cliff

Beachfront Buildings Nestled At The Base Of A Cliff


wooden pegs lead into aqua blue water

Wooden Pegs Lead Into Aqua Blue Water


woman walks across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Across Grassy Dunes


person holds out arms silhouetted by a setting sun

Person Holds Out Arms Silhouetted By A Setting Sun


wood walkway over sand

Wood Walkway Over Sand


a silhouette of a person riding a bike at sunset

A Silhouette Of A Person Riding A Bike At Sunset


calm water laps the shoreline

Calm Water Laps The Shoreline


a beach chair on snow covered mountain

A Beach Chair On Snow Covered Mountain


green trees surround a sandy beach on a misty day

Green Trees Surround A Sandy Beach On A Misty Day


a lifeguard sits in raised white stand

A Lifeguard Sits In Raised White Stand


two young people share a happy moment on a beach

Two Young People Share A Happy Moment On A Beach


still beach at sunset with person crouching

Still Beach At Sunset With Person Crouching


the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog


person stands on white sandy hill looking out to the ocean

Person Stands On White Sandy Hill Looking Out To The Ocean


the back of a beach chair looking out to snow covered mountains

The Back Of A Beach Chair Looking Out To Snow Covered Mountains


view of a busy beach through branches of a tree

View Of A Busy Beach Through Branches Of A Tree


white buildings with red roofs

White Buildings With Red Roofs


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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.