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 stands on sandy beach looking out to the water

Person Stands On Sandy Beach Looking Out To The Water


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


golden light on water surrounded by mountains

Golden Light On Water Surrounded By Mountains


taking in the view of a lake and mountains

Taking In The View of A Lake And Mountains


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


purple towel on a beach with book and cellphone

Purple Towel On A Beach With Book And Cellphone


large round rocks scattered on a sandy beach

Large Round Rocks Scattered On A Sandy Beach


stone bollard in sand

Stone Bollard In Sand


person holds a facemask out in front of them

Person Holds A Facemask Out In Front Of Them


large sandy beach with white wavy water

Large Sandy Beach With White Wavy Water


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

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


black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer


woman walks across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Across Grassy Dunes


gray ripples

Gray Ripples


woman in red walking through shallow water

Woman In Red Walking Through Shallow Water


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset


aerial view of white sand and blue water

Aerial View Of White Sand And Blue Water


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


wood walkway over sand

Wood Walkway Over Sand


woman smiles and stands in front of sandy hills

Woman Smiles And Stands In Front Of Sandy Hills


tide rolls into shore between rocks

Tide Rolls Into Shore Between Rocks


flag on a wooden stick in the sand

Flag On A Wooden Stick In The Sand


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


arm resting on a wicker beach bag with sunglasses on it

Arm Resting On A Wicker Beach Bag With Sunglasses On It


stone shoreline frames sky

Stone Shoreline Frames Sky


golden light on a sandy beach with lapping waves

Golden Light On A Sandy Beach With Lapping Waves


empty lifeguard chair at the beach

Empty Lifeguard Chair At The Beach


sandy beach and sand dunes under deep blue sky

Sandy Beach And Sand Dunes Under Deep Blue Sky


person riding their bike at sunset along the beach

Person Riding Their Bike At Sunset Along The Beach


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


two people walk the beach with a lighthouse in the distance

Two People Walk The Beach With A Lighthouse In The Distance


beachfront buildings nestled at the base of a cliff

Beachfront Buildings Nestled At The Base Of A Cliff


persons torso facing wavy blue water

Persons Torso Facing Wavy Blue Water


sand with a metal structure in the middle

Sand With A Metal Structure In The Middle


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


ocean with a boat in the foreground

Ocean With A Boat In The Foreground


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach


sunglasses hanging from the side of a beach bag

Sunglasses Hanging From The Side Of A Beach Bag


two people laying back on a sandy beach in black and white

Two People Laying Back On A Sandy Beach In Black And White


photo of a person stretching with a smart watch on

Photo Of A Person Stretching With A Smart Watch On


three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


person reads their novel sitting on a sandy beach

Person Reads Their Novel Sitting On A Sandy Beach


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


a boat with clothing on it on the shore

A Boat With Clothing On It On The Shore


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


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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.