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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colorful sunset reflected in wet sand

Colorful Sunset Reflected In Wet Sand


floating pebbles & stones

Floating Pebbles & Stones


lifeguard tower on beach

Lifeguard Tower On Beach


handful of shells

Handful Of Shells


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

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


tropical beach shore

Tropical Beach Shore


dry grass beach umbrellas

Dry Grass Beach Umbrellas


sand bar between blue ocean waters

Sand Bar Between Blue Ocean Waters


young woman on beach in swimwear teasing hair

Young Woman On Beach In Swimwear Teasing Hair


beach resort holiday

Beach Resort Holiday


tall mountains look over ocean and sandy beach

Tall Mountains Look Over Ocean And Sandy Beach


white sand beach from

White Sand Beach From


rocky seaside beach

Rocky Seaside Beach


two women strike a yoga pose on the beach

Two Women Strike A Yoga Pose On The Beach


young man sits on the beach

Young Man Sits On The Beach


sandy feet

Sandy Feet


sunset skyscrapers by the sea

Sunset Skyscrapers By The Sea


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


low flying gull

Low Flying Gull


a few stones on a beach lead into the sea

A Few Stones On A Beach Lead Into The Sea


coastal resort beach

Coastal Resort Beach


water hitting rocks

Water Hitting Rocks


woman in bikini walks along sandy beach

Woman In Bikini Walks Along Sandy Beach


beach ballerina

Beach Ballerina


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

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


young woman spreading her arms in autumn breeze

Young Woman Spreading Her Arms In Autumn Breeze


riding horseback

Riding Horseback


beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade


beach tractor trailer

Beach Tractor Trailer


tall grass near sandy beach

Tall Grass Near Sandy Beach


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

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


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

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


beach reflections

Beach Reflections


young woman holding drink cup with straw on sandy beach

Young Woman Holding Drink Cup With Straw On Sandy Beach


blue sun shades and deck chairs on a golden sandy beach

Blue Sun Shades And Deck Chairs On A Golden Sandy Beach


this dog is ready for its close up

This Dog Is Ready For Its Close Up


waves roll up to the sandy beach on a overcast day

Waves Roll Up To The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day


a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand


neon sunset

Neon Sunset


winding road on california coast

Winding Road On California Coast


person stands on rocks poking out of the ocean shoreline

Person Stands On Rocks Poking Out Of The Ocean Shoreline


a woman by the sea with patterned shawl draped through arms

A Woman By The Sea With Patterned Shawl Draped Through Arms


black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach


palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort


young woman in swimwear and sunglasses on sunny beach

Young Woman In Swimwear And Sunglasses On Sunny 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 “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.