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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blue sun shades and deck chairs on a golden sandy beach

Blue Sun Shades And Deck Chairs On A Golden Sandy Beach


low flying gull

Low Flying Gull


beach tractor trailer

Beach Tractor Trailer


winding road on california coast

Winding Road On California Coast


riding horseback

Riding Horseback


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

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


photo of a person stretching with a smart watch on

Photo Of A Person Stretching With A Smart Watch On


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset


black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


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

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


sandy beach with sandals sunglasses and a beach bag

Sandy Beach With Sandals Sunglasses And A Beach Bag


palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


black and white look to the trees

Black And White Look To The Trees


canon beach haystack

Canon Beach Haystack


portrait of young woman spreading her arms

Portrait Of Young Woman Spreading Her Arms


white kittens sleeping soundly on the concrete outside

White Kittens Sleeping Soundly On The Concrete Outside


tropical hammock on the beach

Tropical Hammock On The Beach


beach reflections

Beach Reflections


beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade


three pairs of summer shoes and a beach bag on the beach

Three Pairs Of Summer Shoes And A Beach Bag On The Beach


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach


a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand


young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach


boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky


women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path


wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach


cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By


women in activewear take a beachside hike on a sandy path

Women In Activewear Take A Beachside Hike On A Sandy Path


dressed for summer at the beach

Dressed For Summer At The Beach


sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea


a man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing


holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort


sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliff and jungle

Sandy Beach Surrounded By Rocky Cliff And Jungle


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


woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach


young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach


tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach


deep blue water rolling into the shore

Deep Blue Water Rolling Into 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.