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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white sand beach from

White Sand Beach From

woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach

waves roll up to the sandy beach on a overcast day

Waves Roll Up To The Sandy Beach On A Overcast Day

young woman spreading her arms in autumn breeze

Young Woman Spreading Her Arms In Autumn Breeze

hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach

sandy feet

Sandy Feet

beach resort holiday

Beach Resort Holiday

a woman by the sea with patterned shawl draped through arms

A Woman By The Sea With Patterned Shawl Draped Through Arms

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

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

water hitting rocks

Water Hitting Rocks

low flying gull

Low Flying Gull

woman in bikini walks along sandy beach

Woman In Bikini Walks Along Sandy Beach

blue sun shades and deck chairs on a golden sandy beach

Blue Sun Shades And Deck Chairs On A Golden Sandy Beach

winding road on california coast

Winding Road On California Coast

tropical hammock on the beach

Tropical Hammock On The Beach

smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer

beach tractor trailer

Beach Tractor Trailer

young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach

riding horseback

Riding Horseback

person on a beach with their hands up in black and white

Person On A Beach With Their Hands Up In Black And White

canon beach haystack

Canon Beach Haystack

black and white people playing basketball near beach

Black And White People Playing Basketball Near Beach

portrait of young woman spreading her arms

Portrait Of Young Woman Spreading Her Arms

distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset

black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer

black and white look to the trees

Black And White Look To The Trees

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

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

palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind

young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach

people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White

two people jump high on a sandy beach

Two People Jump High On A Sandy Beach

beach reflections

Beach Reflections

sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea

a man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing

clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks

beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade

low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing

holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand

two people sit on a beach throwing a ball for two dogs

Two People Sit On A Beach Throwing A Ball For Two Dogs

low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach

people sit around a bonfire on the beach

People Sit Around A Bonfire On The Beach

beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island

a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand

boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia

wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach

palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky

person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day

women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path

cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By

woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of 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]( 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.