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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romantic horseback riding by ocean

Romantic Horseback Riding By Ocean


bubbly water on stoney shore

Bubbly Water On Stoney Shore


board walking

Board Walking


kite surfer in action

Kite Surfer In Action


bright beach tide

Bright Beach Tide


rocky cliffs crumble into pacific ocean under summer sunset

Rocky Cliffs Crumble Into Pacific Ocean Under Summer Sunset


beach umbrella view

Beach Umbrella View


man raking beach at sunset

Man Raking Beach At Sunset


woman and dog play on the beach

Woman And Dog Play On The Beach


close up of woman spreading arms in autumn breeze

Close Up Of Woman Spreading Arms In Autumn Breeze


ocean under cloudy sky

Ocean Under Cloudy Sky


beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts


shells in sand

Shells In Sand


turquoise blue ocean waters along jungle covered cliffside

Turquoise Blue Ocean Waters Along Jungle Covered Cliffside


blue water red shore green land

Blue Water Red Shore Green Land


beach goers swim in ocean

Beach Goers Swim In Ocean


cactus on beach

Cactus On Beach


dusty sky with palm sihouettes on beach at sunset

Dusty Sky With Palm Sihouettes On Beach At Sunset


sandy beach holiday

Sandy Beach Holiday


women arm in arm raise their hands in peace sign on beach

Women Arm In Arm Raise Their Hands In Peace Sign On Beach


man carrying surfboard emerges from ocean waves

Man Carrying Surfboard Emerges From Ocean Waves


seashells by the seashore

Seashells By The Seashore


looking out to sea

Looking Out To Sea


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


umbrella & swimming

Umbrella & Swimming


sitting behind a wicker beach bag on rockys by the beach

Sitting Behind A Wicker Beach Bag On Rockys By The Beach


mans feet on ocean shore

Mans Feet On Ocean Shore


feet at waters edge

Feet At Waters Edge


beach resort vacation

Beach Resort Vacation


coral reef surrounding tropical beach

Coral Reef Surrounding Tropical Beach


blue water bay with busy beach

Blue Water Bay With Busy Beach


private beach

Private Beach


grassy beach umbrellas

Grassy Beach Umbrellas


sea kayaks by ocean

Sea Kayaks By Ocean


lakeside smiles

Lakeside Smiles


reflecting on friends

Reflecting On Friends


rock ledge into ocean

Rock Ledge Into Ocean


sandy shoulder

Sandy Shoulder


summer smiles by the water

Summer Smiles By The Water


sunset creates orange hue along the beach

Sunset Creates Orange Hue Along The Beach


foaming blue water rolls over rocks

Foaming Blue Water Rolls Over Rocks


aerial view of sea rolling into a rocky shore

Aerial View Of Sea Rolling Into A Rocky Shore


shipwreck silhouette at sunset

Shipwreck Silhouette At Sunset


beach fishing

Beach Fishing


australian beach footprints

Australian Beach Footprints


large rock face on beach

Large Rock Face On Beach


kids sand castle

Kids Sand Castle


a tanned woman exhibits anklet on rocky seashore

A Tanned Woman Exhibits Anklet On Rocky Seashore


clouds in a pink sky over wave-soaked beach

Clouds In A Pink Sky Over Wave-Soaked Beach


sea shore rocks

Sea Shore Rocks


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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.