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](https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory) 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.