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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summer beach smiles

Summer Beach Smiles


love written in stones

Love Written In Stones


adventure written in sand

Adventure Written In Sand


holiday hotel unpacking

Holiday Hotel Unpacking


pineapple at the beach

Pineapple At The Beach


woman wades in ocean at sunset

Woman Wades In Ocean At Sunset


stone sculptures on beach

Stone Sculptures On Beach


water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach


tide rolling in

Tide Rolling In


river stone texture

River Stone Texture


hand tossing pebbles

Hand Tossing Pebbles


floating pebbles & stones

Floating Pebbles & Stones


bubbly water on stoney shore

Bubbly Water On Stoney Shore


bubbly water on rocky shore

Bubbly Water On Rocky Shore


beach surf on stones

Beach Surf On Stones


kite surfing at beach

Kite Surfing At Beach


kite surfer in action

Kite Surfer In Action


busy beach

Busy Beach


blue beach waves

Blue Beach Waves


seaweed washed up on beach

Seaweed Washed Up On Beach


lifeguard station on beach

Lifeguard Station On Beach


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


beach sun reflections

Beach Sun Reflections


private beach

Private Beach


beach sunset

Beach Sunset


autumn shore

Autumn Shore


water hitting rocks

Water Hitting Rocks


stoney beach

Stoney Beach


friends laughing on beach

Friends Laughing On Beach


beach sunset silhouettes

Beach Sunset Silhouettes


beach sand footprints

Beach Sand Footprints


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


beach waves through trees

Beach Waves Through Trees


green bike by water

Green Bike By Water


woman watches waves

Woman Watches Waves


beach bike path

Beach Bike Path


feet in beach sand

Feet In Beach Sand


beach boardwalk selfie

Beach Boardwalk Selfie


looking out to sea

Looking Out To Sea


beach towel in wind

Beach Towel In Wind


handful of shells

Handful Of Shells


friendship to the rescue

Friendship To The Rescue


laying on the beach

Laying On The Beach


beach pals

Beach Pals


board walking

Board Walking


wrapped in happy

Wrapped In Happy


view of summer

View Of Summer


sunny beach selfie

Sunny Beach Selfie


summer smiles by the water

Summer Smiles By The Water


shells in sand

Shells In Sand


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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.