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.

beach bike path

Beach Bike Path


feet in beach sand

Feet In Beach Sand


warm sunny palmtrees

Warm Sunny Palmtrees


hand tossing pebbles

Hand Tossing Pebbles


summer beach smiles

Summer Beach Smiles


thailand beach

Thailand Beach


wise pug thinking about the world

Wise Pug Thinking About The World


swimmers enjoy crystal water shallows

Swimmers Enjoy Crystal Water Shallows


travel written in sand

Travel Written In Sand


busy beach

Busy Beach


australian beach and clear ocean

Australian Beach And Clear Ocean


a woman in a flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Woman In A Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along The Beach


lakeside beach chairs

Lakeside Beach Chairs


margaritas on the beach

Margaritas On The Beach


watching the water

Watching the Water


railay beach krabi thailand

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand


fishing boat in thailand

Fishing Boat In Thailand


woman watching beach sunrise

Woman Watching Beach Sunrise


young woman in bikini laughs with friends

Young Woman In Bikini Laughs With Friends


woman in a sweater smiles as she leans against a fence

Woman In A Sweater Smiles As She Leans Against A Fence


heart in vacation sand

Heart In Vacation Sand


womans feet in sand with waves

Womans Feet In Sand With Waves


adventure written in sand

Adventure Written In Sand


tropical beach sunrise

Tropical Beach Sunrise


binoculars looking at ocean

Binoculars Looking At Ocean


drones-eye view of a beach

Drones-Eye View Of A Beach


young woman takes selfie while sitting on sunny beach

Young Woman Takes Selfie While Sitting On Sunny Beach


holiday hotel unpacking

Holiday Hotel Unpacking


full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water


vacation written on beach

Vacation Written On Beach


couple rides horseback on a sunset beach

Couple Rides Horseback On A Sunset Beach


pineapple at the beach

Pineapple At The Beach


the lonely surfboard

The Lonely Surfboard


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


clear blue water crawls over the white sandy beach

Clear Blue Water Crawls Over The White Sandy Beach


colorful sunset reflected in textured beach sand

Colorful Sunset Reflected In Textured Beach Sand


oceanside women

Oceanside Women


sunrise over barcelona beach

Sunrise Over Barcelona Beach


kites on beach in california

Kites On Beach In California


cute pug in a blanket by water

Cute Pug In A Blanket By Water


girl in beach water

Girl In Beach Water


view of summer

View Of Summer


two women warming up on the beach

Two Women Warming Up On The Beach


beach holiday with coconut

Beach Holiday With Coconut


silhouette with pink and purple sky

Silhouette With Pink And Purple Sky


sandals in sand

Sandals In Sand


a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs

A Secluded Beach Surrounded By Cliffs


a beach paradise tucked between grassy hills

A Beach Paradise Tucked Between Grassy Hills


beach yoga pose- in sand at sunset

Beach Yoga Pose- In Sand At Sunset


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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.