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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waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins


a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


seaweed washes ashore on the beach

Seaweed Washes Ashore On The Beach


a beach shack on stilts

A Beach Shack On Stilts


rocky shoreline and choppy water

Rocky Shoreline And Choppy Water


waves crashing over beach structure

Waves Crashing Over Beach Structure


woman in glasses smiles by the rocky shoreline

Woman In Glasses Smiles By The Rocky Shoreline


young woman takes in the view

Young Woman Takes In The View


a single sailboat in still waters

A Single Sailboat In Still Waters


people sit on the beach and look out toward ocean

People Sit On The Beach And Look Out Toward Ocean


deep blue waves crashing against rocks

Deep Blue Waves Crashing Against Rocks


large boulders emerge from water at the shoreline

Large Boulders Emerge From Water At The Shoreline


seagulls make some noise on a beach

Seagulls Make Some Noise On A Beach


woman carries wood across beach in india

Woman Carries Wood Across Beach In India


person is silhouetted walking the beach at sunrise

Person Is Silhouetted Walking The Beach At Sunrise


person stands on white sandy hill looking out to the ocean

Person Stands On White Sandy Hill Looking Out To The Ocean


the sunrises over the water as a person walks the beach

The Sunrises Over The Water As A Person Walks The Beach


person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach


gray ripples

Gray Ripples


wooden structure reaching to water at sunset

Wooden Structure Reaching To Water At Sunset


small island stands alone

Small Island Stands Alone


sun loungers lined on the beach

Sun Loungers Lined On The Beach


woman in floral dress sits by a wooden boardwalk

Woman In Floral Dress Sits By A Wooden Boardwalk


plane glides above tropical beach

Plane Glides Above Tropical Beach


birch trees looking out to water

Birch Trees Looking Out To Water


stone archway frames a person walking to beach

Stone Archway Frames A Person Walking To Beach


waves lap the shore of a sandy beach

Waves Lap The Shore Of A Sandy Beach


lifeguard stands on sandy beach

Lifeguard Stands On Sandy Beach


broken beach

Broken Beach


person dressed in black looks out to a sandy beach

Person Dressed In Black Looks Out To A Sandy Beach


coracle boats in a beach

Coracle Boats In A Beach


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


a sweeping sunset illuminating a beach

A Sweeping Sunset Illuminating A Beach


woman wades through water at beach

Woman Wades Through Water At Beach


view of a town on a sandy beach near green trees

View of A Town On A Sandy Beach Near Green Trees


clouds cascading over horizon on water

Clouds Cascading Over Horizon On Water


a church sits atop colorful beach

A Church Sits Atop Colorful Beach


silhouette of people holding surfboards on beach

Silhouette Of People Holding Surfboards On Beach


buildings of the city of sandavagur along a calm sandy beach

Buildings Of The City Of Sandavagur Along A Calm Sandy Beach


sun sets in the distance and shines on the water

Sun Sets In The Distance And Shines On The Water


purple towel on a beach with book and cellphone

Purple Towel On A Beach With Book And Cellphone


arm resting on a wicker beach bag with sunglasses on it

Arm Resting On A Wicker Beach Bag With Sunglasses On It


aerial view of busy beach

Aerial View Of Busy Beach


the tide rolls in on a sunny beach scene

The Tide Rolls In On A Sunny Beach Scene


overcast sky over beach path

Overcast Sky Over Beach Path


sunsets on a beach with people swimming

Sunsets On A Beach With People Swimming


sunset over calm water and sandy shore

Sunset Over Calm Water And Sandy Shore


beach with people playing in the sunshine

Beach With People Playing In The Sunshine


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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.