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.

two parasols next to each other on a boardwalk

Two Parasols Next To Each Other On A Boardwalk


bon echo provincial park sandcastle

Bon Echo Provincial Park Sandcastle


pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


rocky california shore with waves

Rocky California Shore With Waves


tall mountains look over ocean and sandy beach

Tall Mountains Look Over Ocean And Sandy Beach


tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park


winding road on california coast

Winding Road On California Coast


portrait of young woman spreading her arms

Portrait Of Young Woman Spreading Her Arms


palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky


young woman sitting on a dock looking out to water

Young Woman Sitting On A Dock Looking Out To Water


ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide


motorcycle on wet beach sands

Motorcycle On Wet Beach Sands


blue and gold sunset sky

Blue And Gold Sunset Sky


black and white look to the trees

Black And White Look To The Trees


waves crash on side of seastack

Waves Crash On Side Of Seastack


sand bars from low tide by shore at sunset

Sand Bars From Low Tide By Shore At Sunset


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore


cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By


california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach


young man sat on fallen tree

Young Man Sat On Fallen Tree


sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide


overhead view of beach and water

Overhead View Of Beach And Water


young woman spreading her arms in autumn breeze

Young Woman Spreading Her Arms In Autumn Breeze


women on the beach at sunset

Women On The Beach At Sunset


motorcycle and tracks in beach sands

Motorcycle And Tracks In Beach Sands


people enjoying a day at the beach in summer

People Enjoying A Day At The Beach In Summer


bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash


black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach


ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves


swans underneath sunset

Swans Underneath Sunset


low tide seaside rocks

Low Tide Seaside Rocks


rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa


young woman sat on swing in front of beach

Young Woman Sat On Swing In Front Of Beach


foamy water crashing to shore

Foamy Water Crashing To Shore


haystack rock oregon coast

Haystack Rock Oregon Coast


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea


old man making some new friends

Old Man Making Some New Friends


low tide rock formations

Low Tide Rock Formations


portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach


seagulls standing in the sea at low tide

Seagulls Standing In The Sea At Low Tide


beach driftwood

Beach Driftwood


portrait image of contrast between sand and sea

Portrait Image Of Contrast Between Sand And Sea


rocky shore and low clouds

Rocky Shore And Low Clouds


water flowing underneath the shadowy pier

Water Flowing Underneath The Shadowy Pier


low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing


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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.