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 a facemask takes a cellphone selfie

Woman In A Facemask Takes A Cellphone Selfie


empty lifeguard chair at the beach

Empty Lifeguard Chair At The Beach


purple towel on a beach with book and cellphone

Purple Towel On A Beach With Book And Cellphone


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


aerial view of white sand and blue water

Aerial View Of White Sand And Blue Water


wood walkway over sand

Wood Walkway Over Sand


beachfront buildings nestled at the base of a cliff

Beachfront Buildings Nestled At The Base Of A Cliff


two people walk the beach with a lighthouse in the distance

Two People Walk The Beach With A Lighthouse In The Distance


woman smiles and stands in front of sandy hills

Woman Smiles And Stands In Front Of Sandy Hills


black chalkboard sticking out of a white sandy beach

Black Chalkboard Sticking Out Of A White Sandy Beach


close up of lapping waves on a sandy beach

Close Up Of Lapping Waves On A Sandy Beach


macro photo of bubbles on a sandy beach

Macro Photo Of Bubbles 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


beach with aqua blue water and a single beach umbrella

Beach With Aqua Blue Water And A Single Beach Umbrella


holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses


golden light on a sandy beach with lapping waves

Golden Light On A Sandy Beach With Lapping Waves


sandy beach and sand dunes under deep blue sky

Sandy Beach And Sand Dunes Under Deep Blue Sky


three pairs of summer shoes and a beach bag on the beach

Three Pairs Of Summer Shoes And A Beach Bag On The Beach


persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset


sand with a metal structure in the middle

Sand With A Metal Structure In The Middle


arm resting on a wicker beach bag with sunglasses on it

Arm Resting On A Wicker Beach Bag With Sunglasses On It


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


persons torso facing wavy blue water

Persons Torso Facing Wavy Blue Water


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand At The Beach


sunglasses hanging from the side of a beach bag

Sunglasses Hanging From The Side Of A Beach Bag


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer


hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach


person reads their novel sitting on a sandy beach

Person Reads Their Novel Sitting On A Sandy Beach


woman reads her book sitting on a wooden log on the beach

Woman Reads Her Book Sitting On A Wooden Log On The Beach


person reads a novel on the sandy beach by a tree

Person Reads A Novel On The Sandy Beach By A Tree


blackboard that reads beach day sticks out of a sandy beach

Blackboard That Reads Beach Day Sticks Out Of A Sandy Beach


photo of a legs standing on a sandy beach next to a beach bag

Photo Of A Legs Standing On A Sandy Beach Next To 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


woman walks towards a beach and blue water

Woman Walks Towards A Beach And Blue Water


person riding their bike at sunset along the beach

Person Riding Their Bike At Sunset Along The Beach


person in straw hat faces the water on a sandy beach

Person In Straw Hat Faces The Water On A Sandy Beach


tide rolls into a beach side city at sunset

Tide Rolls Into A Beach Side City At Sunset


person in a straw hat walks on a bright sandy beach

Person In A Straw Hat Walks On A Bright Sandy Beach


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


person in one piece swimsuit smiles at the camera

Person In One Piece Swimsuit Smiles At The Camera


woman stands on a beach wearing a striped swimsuit

Woman Stands On A Beach Wearing A Striped Swimsuit


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside


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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.