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.

colorful sunset reflected in wet sand

Colorful Sunset Reflected In Wet Sand


sunset skyscrapers by the sea

Sunset Skyscrapers By The Sea


beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade


young woman holds watermelon slice on sunny beach

Young Woman Holds Watermelon Slice On Sunny Beach


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


aerial view of sea rolling into a rocky shore

Aerial View Of Sea Rolling Into A Rocky Shore


holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort


hanging with friends on the beach

Hanging With Friends On The Beach


beach day with bae

Beach Day With Bae


a few stones on a beach lead into the sea

A Few Stones On A Beach Lead Into The Sea


turquoise blue ocean waters along jungle covered cliffside

Turquoise Blue Ocean Waters Along Jungle Covered Cliffside


woman in bikini walks along sandy beach

Woman In Bikini Walks Along Sandy Beach


low flying gull

Low Flying Gull


palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach


water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach


beach tractor trailer

Beach Tractor Trailer


beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing


close up of woman spreading arms in autumn breeze

Close Up Of Woman Spreading Arms In Autumn Breeze


boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


riding horseback

Riding Horseback


blue water bay with busy beach

Blue Water Bay With Busy Beach


woman glances back at the sea behind her in the morning light

Woman Glances Back At The Sea Behind Her In The Morning Light


a fire dancer cuts figures of eight at night on a beach

A Fire Dancer Cuts Figures Of Eight At Night On A Beach


black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach


a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand


beach fishing

Beach Fishing


woman in sports clothes stands on a beach in the morning light

Woman In Sports Clothes Stands On A Beach In The Morning Light


tall grass near sandy beach

Tall Grass Near Sandy Beach


young woman spreading her arms in autumn breeze

Young Woman Spreading Her Arms In Autumn Breeze


a tanned woman exhibits anklet on rocky seashore

A Tanned Woman Exhibits Anklet On Rocky Seashore


walking beside cool beach waves

Walking Beside Cool Beach Waves


sunset creates orange hue along the beach

Sunset Creates Orange Hue Along The Beach


textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset


lifeguard station on beach

Lifeguard Station On Beach


a shawl dangles over a woman's feet in black leggings

A Shawl Dangles Over A Woman's Feet In black Leggings


coastal resort beach

Coastal Resort Beach


lines of waves in southeast asia

Lines Of Waves In Southeast Asia


rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand


spanish beach marina

Spanish Beach Marina


a woman on a beach opens her sarong at the rolling waves

A Woman On A Beach Opens Her Sarong At The Rolling Waves


young woman on beach in swimwear teasing hair

Young Woman On Beach In Swimwear Teasing Hair


blue sun shades and deck chairs on a golden sandy beach

Blue Sun Shades And Deck Chairs On A Golden Sandy Beach


sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliff and jungle

Sandy Beach Surrounded By Rocky Cliff And Jungle


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


orange sunrise over beach

Orange Sunrise Over Beach


clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks


black and white look to the trees

Black And White Look To The Trees


palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky


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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.