Beach pictures

Relax in our sunny collection of beach photos. Youā€™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.

man raking beach at sunset

Man Raking Beach At Sunset

seashells by the seashore

Seashells By The Seashore

view from the beach

View From The Beach

baby sea turtle escapes

Baby Sea Turtle Escapes

stoney beach

Stoney Beach

looking out to sea

Looking Out To Sea

sandy shoulder

Sandy Shoulder

beach surf on stones

Beach Surf On Stones

south african shore

South African Shore

vacation holiday coconut drink

Vacation Holiday Coconut Drink

blanket pug on rocky shore

Blanket Pug On Rocky Shore

ocean waves on rocks and sand

Ocean Waves On Rocks And Sand

kites on beach in california

Kites On Beach In California

bubbly water on rocky shore

Bubbly Water On Rocky Shore

lakeside smiles

Lakeside Smiles

sea ocean waves coast

Sea Ocean Waves Coast

mans feet on ocean shore

Mans Feet On Ocean Shore

cactus on beach

Cactus On Beach

sandy beach holiday

Sandy Beach Holiday

beach umbrella view

Beach Umbrella View

beach resort vacation

Beach Resort Vacation

beach resort holiday

Beach Resort Holiday

grassy beach umbrellas

Grassy Beach Umbrellas

handful of shells

Handful Of Shells

reflecting on friends

Reflecting On Friends

floating pebbles & stones

Floating Pebbles & Stones

sea kayaks by ocean

Sea Kayaks By Ocean

rainbow and rock cliff

Rainbow And Rock Cliff

summer smiles by the water

Summer Smiles By The Water

kite surfer in action

Kite Surfer In Action

umbrella & swimming

Umbrella & Swimming

australian beach footprints

Australian Beach Footprints

shipwreck silhouette at sunset

Shipwreck Silhouette At Sunset

rock ledge into ocean

Rock Ledge Into Ocean

tropical beach shore

Tropical Beach Shore

beach goers swim in ocean

Beach Goers Swim In Ocean

large rock face on beach

Large Rock Face On Beach

ocean under cloudy sky

Ocean Under Cloudy Sky

oceanside villa

Oceanside Villa

feet at waters edge

Feet At Waters Edge

water hitting rocks

Water Hitting Rocks

beach day with bae

Beach Day With Bae

water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach

lifeguard tower on beach

Lifeguard Tower On Beach

sandy feet

Sandy Feet

beach reflections

Beach Reflections

holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand

holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort

bubbly water on stoney shore

Bubbly Water On Stoney Shore

rocky seaside beach

Rocky Seaside 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 ā€œframingā€ an image theyā€™re talking about using the objects around the subject youā€™re capturing to situate them and draw the viewerā€™s attention to them. Surrounding palm trees, rocks, branches and even doors or windows are great way to do this. Youā€™ll want to be mindful of what surrounds your subject and use it to your advantage.

For example - maybe youā€™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 itā€™s especially important. Remember that the colors in your photographs can set the mood and convey the character of the location.

If youā€™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 youā€™re photographing the country-side of Scotland - more muted greys and soft greens would make more sense.

Itā€™s no secret that colors opposite each other on the color wheel]( play well together - but with photographs of real scenes, youā€™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.