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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three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean


woman stands on a beach wearing a striped swimsuit

Woman Stands On A Beach Wearing A Striped Swimsuit


person in straw hat faces the water on a sandy beach

Person In Straw Hat Faces The Water On A Sandy Beach


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 white shirt stands by the water

Person In A White Shirt Stands By The Water


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


a flag and people on a beach in black and white

A Flag And People On A Beach In Black And White


person in one piece swimsuit smiles at the camera

Person In One Piece Swimsuit Smiles At The Camera


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


photo of a person stretching with a smart watch on

Photo Of A Person Stretching With A Smart Watch On


two people in formal wear dance on the beach

Two People In Formal Wear Dance On The Beach


a person laying in the sand with hat over their face

A Person Laying In The Sand With Hat Over Their Face


city buildings casts shadows next to a public beach

City Buildings Casts Shadows Next To A Public Beach


person resting on their beach towel in black and white

Person Resting On Their Beach Towel In Black And White


flag on a wooden stick in the sand

Flag On A Wooden Stick In The Sand


person runs on the sandy beach on a overcast day

Person Runs On The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day


wooden fence lines a sandy beach and grassy hill

Wooden Fence Lines A Sandy Beach And Grassy Hill


ocean with a boat in the foreground

Ocean With A Boat In The Foreground


a boat with clothing on it on the shore

A Boat With Clothing On It On The Shore


large waves lap the brown sandy shore

Large Waves Lap The Brown Sandy Shore


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


person in a white dress stands on the beach at sunset

Person In A White Dress Stands On The Beach At Sunset


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


person facing wavy water on a sandy beach

Person Facing Wavy Water On A Sandy 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.