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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boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


the sun drops below the watery horizon

The Sun Drops Below The Watery Horizon


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


sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliff and jungle

Sandy Beach Surrounded By Rocky Cliff And Jungle


women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path


clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks


beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island


a man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing


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

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


modern venus

Modern Venus


beach day with bae

Beach Day With Bae


a fire dancer draws shapes on a beach at night

A Fire Dancer Draws Shapes On A Beach At Night


cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By


people in the water, planes in the sky

People In The Water, Planes In The Sky


textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset


wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach


people walk on bright beach

People Walk On Bright Beach


tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach


walking beside cool beach waves

Walking Beside Cool Beach Waves


women in activewear take a beachside hike on a sandy path

Women In Activewear Take A Beachside Hike On A Sandy Path


portrait of young woman spreading her arms

Portrait Of Young Woman Spreading Her Arms


dressed for summer at the beach

Dressed For Summer At The Beach


beachside yards with palms by water

Beachside Yards With Palms By Water


spanish beach marina

Spanish Beach Marina


person sitting on beach looking out

Person Sitting On Beach Looking Out


distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset


lines of waves in southeast asia

Lines Of Waves In Southeast Asia


vintage viewfinder on seaside pier

Vintage Viewfinder On Seaside Pier


canon beach haystack

Canon Beach Haystack


woman models against blue sky

Woman Models Against Blue Sky


a woman poses with anklet on rocky beach

A Woman Poses WIth Anklet On Rocky Beach


grassy beach view

Grassy Beach View


orange sunrise over beach

Orange Sunrise Over Beach


water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach


rocky california shore with waves

Rocky California Shore With Waves


deep blue water rolling into the shore

Deep Blue Water Rolling Into The Shore


young woman sitting on a dock looking out to water

Young Woman Sitting On A Dock Looking Out To Water


women hike up sandy path surrounded by lush greenery

Women Hike Up Sandy Path Surrounded By Lush Greenery


beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing


sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea


soccer ball in hand at park

Soccer Ball In Hand At Park


rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand


people run towards the water on a sandy beach

People Run Towards The Water On A Sandy Beach


a thatch roofed bar perched on a rocky alcove

A Thatch Roofed Bar Perched On A Rocky Alcove


white dresses and bare feet

White Dresses And Bare Feet


lifeguard on duty

Lifeguard On Duty


is that a smoking bird or a plane?

Is That A Smoking Bird Or A Plane?


umbrella studded beach overlooking teal waters

Umbrella Studded Beach Overlooking Teal Waters


beach and seaside mountains

Beach And Seaside Mountains


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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.