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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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

reflecting on friends

Reflecting On Friends

woman swims in ocean

Woman Swims In Ocean

waves crash on feet

Waves Crash On Feet

walking in ocean waves

Walking In Ocean Waves

view from the beach

View From The Beach

umbrella & swimming

Umbrella & Swimming

the active beach

The Active Beach

spanish beach marina

Spanish Beach Marina

sandy shoulder

Sandy Shoulder

sandy feet

Sandy Feet

sandals in sand

Sandals In Sand

oceanside women

Oceanside Women

oceanside villa

Oceanside Villa

grassy rooftops

Grassy Rooftops

grassy beach umbrellas

Grassy Beach Umbrellas

grassy beach shade

Grassy Beach Shade

friends sunbathing

Friends Sunbathing

feet sink into sand

Feet Sink Into Sand

feet at waters edge

Feet At Waters Edge

dry grass beach umbrellas

Dry Grass Beach Umbrellas

oceanside park

Oceanside Park

boardwalk bike

Boardwalk Bike

beach umbrella view

Beach Umbrella View

beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade

seashells by the seashore

Seashells By The Seashore

lakeside smiles

Lakeside Smiles

lakeside beach chairs

Lakeside Beach Chairs

cool friends & hot sand

Cool Friends & Hot Sand

beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing

beach smiles

Beach Smiles

beach reflections

Beach Reflections

woman popping champagne

Woman Popping Champagne

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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]( 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.