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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tide rushes into shore on hazy morning

Tide Rushes Into Shore On Hazy Morning


setting sun reflected in low tide

Setting Sun Reflected In Low Tide


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


close up orange tide rolls into shore

Close Up Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


blue and orange tide rolls into shore

Blue And Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


black and white shoreline

Black And White Shoreline


sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks


picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset


orange tide rolls into shore

Orange Tide Rolls Into Shore


waves rolls over rocks at sunset

Waves Rolls Over Rocks At Sunset


stream meets the sea at sunset

Stream Meets The Sea At Sunset


deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse


woman in red walking through shallow water

Woman In Red Walking Through Shallow Water


cows strolling along the beach

Cows Strolling Along The Beach


steps down to the beach at sunrise

Steps Down To The Beach At Sunrise


empty lifeguarding station

Empty Lifeguarding Station


a life guard hut on the beach

A Life Guard Hut On The Beach


sunsetting on foamy rocks

Sunsetting On Foamy Rocks


beach sands and the sunlight

Beach Sands And The Sunlight


sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach


bride and groom walk the beach

Bride And Groom Walk The Beach


husband and wife on the rocks

Husband And Wife On The Rocks


white dresses and bare feet

White Dresses And Bare Feet


wooden structure on the beach

Wooden Structure On The Beach


a lonely untouched tropical island

A Lonely Untouched Tropical Island


tropical hammock on the beach

Tropical Hammock On The Beach


wood walkway over sand

Wood Walkway Over Sand


a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


coracle boats in a beach

Coracle Boats In A Beach


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


woman walks away across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Away Across Grassy Dunes


woman walks across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Across Grassy Dunes


tide rolls in on a cloudy day

Tide Rolls In On A Cloudy Day


woman wades through water at beach

Woman Wades Through Water At Beach


this dog is ready for its close up

This Dog Is Ready For Its Close Up


dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk


bustling bay before the sea

Bustling Bay Before The Sea


plane glides above tropical beach

Plane Glides Above Tropical Beach


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


small island stands alone

Small Island Stands Alone


stone shoreline frames sky

Stone Shoreline Frames Sky


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


sunset creates orange hue along the beach

Sunset Creates Orange Hue Along The Beach


deep blue waves crashing against rocks

Deep Blue Waves Crashing Against Rocks


mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks


waves crashing over beach structure

Waves Crashing Over Beach Structure


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


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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.