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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sunny coastline below distant mountains

Sunny Coastline Below Distant Mountains


overcast sky over beach path

Overcast Sky Over Beach Path


waves reaching the wet sand on shore

Waves Reaching The Wet Sand On Shore


purple towel on a beach with book and cellphone

Purple Towel On A Beach With Book And Cellphone


persons torso standing on a sandy beach

Persons Torso Standing On A Sandy Beach


sand dunes and beach watch tower

Sand Dunes And Beach Watch Tower


tide rolls in on a cloudy day

Tide Rolls In On A Cloudy Day


cliffs form shadows by the sea

Cliffs Form Shadows By The Sea


yellow and brown seaweed

Yellow And Brown Seaweed


sandy beach driftwood close up

Sandy Beach Driftwood Close Up


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


person walks the beach while wearing a facemask

Person Walks The Beach While Wearing A Facemask


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

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


person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy Beach


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


sandy beach and wavy ocean on a overcast day

Sandy Beach And Wavy Ocean On A Overcast Day


landscape of a sandy beach and rolling hills

Landscape Of A Sandy Beach And Rolling Hills


large round rocks scattered on a sandy beach

Large Round Rocks Scattered On A Sandy Beach


golden light on water surrounded by mountains

Golden Light On Water Surrounded By Mountains


woman in a facemask takes a cellphone selfie

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Cellphone Selfie


taking in the view of a lake and mountains

Taking In The View of A Lake And Mountains


sun soaked rocky beach

Sun Soaked Rocky 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


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


woman carrying log on beach in india

Woman Carrying Log On Beach In India


aerial view of swimmers

Aerial View Of Swimmers


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


lighthouse and crashing waves

Lighthouse And Crashing Waves


birds on sand

Birds On Sand


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

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


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


golden light on a sandy beach with lapping waves

Golden Light On A Sandy Beach With Lapping Waves


person stands on sandy beach looking out to the water

Person Stands On Sandy Beach Looking Out To The Water


person holds a facemask out in front of them

Person Holds A Facemask Out In Front Of Them


surfers take to the water

Surfers Take To The Water


winding coastline on a sunny day

Winding Coastline On A Sunny Day


sunglasses hanging from the side of a beach bag

Sunglasses Hanging From The Side Of A Beach Bag


windy seaside walk

Windy Seaside Walk


sunsetting on foamy rocks

Sunsetting On Foamy Rocks


sun sets over surfers and beach goers

Sun Sets Over Surfers And Beach Goers


yellow seaweed by rock pool

Yellow Seaweed By Rock Pool


lonely lighthouse

Lonely Lighthouse


wooden fence lines a sandy beach and grassy hill

Wooden Fence Lines A Sandy Beach And Grassy Hill


aerial view of white sand and blue water

Aerial View Of White Sand And Blue Water


woman smiles and stands in front of sandy hills

Woman Smiles And Stands In Front Of Sandy Hills


large sandy beach with white wavy water

Large Sandy Beach With White Wavy Water


sandy beach and sand dunes under deep blue sky

Sandy Beach And Sand Dunes Under Deep Blue Sky


tide rolls into a beach side city at sunset

Tide Rolls Into A Beach Side City At Sunset


sand with a metal structure in the middle

Sand With A Metal Structure In The Middle


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

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


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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.