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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woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


sandy beach driftwood close up

Sandy Beach Driftwood Close Up


tide rolls in on a cloudy day

Tide Rolls In On A Cloudy Day


overcast sky over beach path

Overcast Sky Over Beach Path


person is silhouetted walking the beach at sunrise

Person Is Silhouetted Walking The Beach At Sunrise


woman in glasses smiles by the rocky shoreline

Woman In Glasses Smiles By The Rocky Shoreline


woman in floral dress sits by a wooden boardwalk

Woman In Floral Dress Sits By A Wooden Boardwalk


aerial view of swimmers

Aerial View Of Swimmers


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


yellow and brown seaweed

Yellow And Brown Seaweed


sun soaked rocky beach

Sun Soaked Rocky Beach


view of a town on a sandy beach near green trees

View of A Town On A Sandy Beach Near Green Trees


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


lighthouse and crashing waves

Lighthouse And Crashing Waves


wooden structure reaching to water at sunset

Wooden Structure Reaching To Water At Sunset


birds on sand

Birds On Sand


cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


people on a sandy beach with city buildings

People On A Sandy Beach With City Buildings


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


silhouette of people holding surfboards on beach

Silhouette Of People Holding Surfboards On Beach


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


sunsets on a beach with people swimming

Sunsets On A Beach With People Swimming


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


woman in a facemask takes a selfie with her phone

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Selfie With Her Phone


woman carrying log on beach in india

Woman Carrying Log On Beach In India


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


beach with people playing in the sunshine

Beach With People Playing In The Sunshine


aerial photo of a beach and calm waters

Aerial Photo Of A Beach And Calm Waters


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


surfers take to the water

Surfers Take To The Water


person walks the beach while wearing a facemask

Person Walks The Beach While Wearing A Facemask


lonely lighthouse

Lonely Lighthouse


persons torso standing on a sandy beach

Persons Torso Standing On A Sandy Beach


windy seaside walk

Windy Seaside Walk


people sit under orange umbrellas on a beach

People Sit Under Orange Umbrellas On A Beach


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


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

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


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles On A Sandy Beach


waves reaching the wet sand on shore

Waves Reaching The Wet Sand On Shore


sunset over calm water and sandy shore

Sunset Over Calm Water And Sandy Shore


yellow seaweed by rock pool

Yellow Seaweed By Rock Pool


silhouette of a person with sunset behind them

Silhouette of A Person With Sunset Behind Them


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


sun sets over surfers and beach goers

Sun Sets Over Surfers And Beach Goers


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


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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.