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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person in a white shirt stands by the water

Person In A White Shirt Stands By The Water


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach


lonely lighthouse

Lonely Lighthouse


surfers take to the water

Surfers Take To The Water


woman in floral dress sits by a wooden boardwalk

Woman In Floral Dress Sits By A Wooden Boardwalk


holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses


yellow seaweed by rock pool

Yellow Seaweed By Rock Pool


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

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


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


sun sets over surfers and beach goers

Sun Sets Over Surfers And Beach Goers


woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


wooden structure reaching to water at sunset

Wooden Structure Reaching To Water At Sunset


person walks the beach while wearing a facemask

Person Walks The Beach While Wearing A Facemask


woman in glasses smiles by the rocky shoreline

Woman In Glasses Smiles By The Rocky Shoreline


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


beach with people playing in the sunshine

Beach With People Playing In The Sunshine


persons torso standing on a sandy beach

Persons Torso Standing On A Sandy Beach


aerial photo of a beach and calm waters

Aerial Photo Of A Beach And Calm Waters


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


sunsets on a beach with people swimming

Sunsets On A Beach With People Swimming


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella


silhouette of people holding surfboards on beach

Silhouette Of People Holding Surfboards On Beach


persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset


people sit under orange umbrellas on a beach

People Sit Under Orange Umbrellas On A Beach


sunsetting on foamy rocks

Sunsetting On Foamy Rocks


waves reaching the wet sand on shore

Waves Reaching The Wet Sand On Shore


white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside


silhouette of a person with sunset behind them

Silhouette of A Person With Sunset Behind Them


sunset over calm water and sandy shore

Sunset Over Calm Water And Sandy Shore


winding coastline on a sunny day

Winding Coastline On A Sunny Day


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


rocky seashore

Rocky Seashore


woman in a facemask takes a selfie with her phone

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Selfie With Her Phone


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand At The Beach


seashells down by the seashore

Seashells Down By The Seashore


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


person sits on a mat at the beach and looks out to the water

Person Sits On A Mat At The Beach And Looks Out To The Water


alternative sandcastle

Alternative Sandcastle


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


bustling bay before the sea

Bustling Bay Before The Sea


wooden structure on the beach

Wooden Structure On The Beach


landscape of a sandy beach and rolling hills

Landscape Of A Sandy Beach And Rolling Hills


woman walks away across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Away Across Grassy Dunes


person sitting leans over to pick up a stone from the beach

Person Sitting Leans Over To Pick Up A Stone From The Beach


white waves tracing the shore line

White Waves Tracing The Shore Line


woman in a facemask takes a cellphone selfie

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Cellphone Selfie


person on a beach with their hands up in black and white

Person On A Beach With Their Hands Up In Black And White


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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.