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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the sun drops below the watery horizon

The Sun Drops Below The Watery Horizon


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

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


black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach


staring at the summer sun

Staring At The Summer Sun


distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset


beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade


black and white look to the trees

Black And White Look To The Trees


sunbathing with friends

Sunbathing With Friends


three men walk out over a low-tide beach

Three Men Walk Out Over A Low-Tide Beach


a boat with clothing on it on the shore

A Boat With Clothing On It On The Shore


palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


beach reflections

Beach Reflections


low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach


beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand


boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky


tropical hammock on the beach

Tropical Hammock On The Beach


clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks


canon beach haystack

Canon Beach Haystack


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path


portrait of young woman spreading her arms

Portrait Of Young Woman Spreading Her Arms


cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By


wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach


women in activewear take a beachside hike on a sandy path

Women In Activewear Take A Beachside Hike On A Sandy Path


holiday on tropical resort

Holiday On Tropical Resort


sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliff and jungle

Sandy Beach Surrounded By Rocky Cliff And Jungle


dressed for summer at the beach

Dressed For Summer At The Beach


a man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing


sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea


tall grasses by sandy beach

Tall Grasses By Sandy Beach


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


a fire dancer draws shapes on a beach at night

A Fire Dancer Draws Shapes On A Beach At Night


deep blue water rolling into the shore

Deep Blue Water Rolling Into The Shore


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

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


person sitting on beach looking out

Person Sitting On Beach Looking Out


people walk on bright beach

People Walk On Bright Beach


beachside yards with palms by water

Beachside Yards With Palms By Water


rocky california shore with waves

Rocky California Shore With Waves


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


grassy beach view

Grassy Beach View


spanish beach marina

Spanish Beach Marina


beach and seaside mountains

Beach And Seaside Mountains


white dresses and bare feet

White Dresses And Bare Feet


aerial view of sandy beach scattered with sunbathers

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach Scattered With Sunbathers


sandy beach with sandals sunglasses and a beach bag

Sandy Beach With Sandals Sunglasses And A Beach Bag


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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.