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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water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach

leaning palms on a sandy beach

Leaning Palms On A Sandy Beach

young woman sitting on a dock looking out to water

Young Woman Sitting On A Dock Looking Out To Water

a thatch roofed bar perched on a rocky alcove

A Thatch Roofed Bar Perched On A Rocky Alcove

oceanside properties with anchored sailboat

Oceanside Properties With Anchored Sailboat

aerial view of sandy beach scattered with sunbathers

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach Scattered With Sunbathers

women on the beach at sunset

Women On The Beach At Sunset

soccer ball in hand at park

Soccer Ball In Hand At Park

a woman with patterned robe throws head back by beach

A Woman With Patterned Robe Throws Head Back By Beach

woman standing on rocky outcropping by the sea

Woman Standing On Rocky Outcropping By The Sea

wicker beach bag and sandals on a white sandy beach

Wicker Beach Bag And Sandals On A White Sandy Beach

woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach

umbrella studded beach overlooking teal waters

Umbrella Studded Beach Overlooking Teal Waters

people enjoying a day at the beach in summer

People Enjoying A Day At The Beach In Summer

two parasols next to each other on a boardwalk

Two Parasols Next To Each Other On A Boardwalk

beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing

rusty bike parked on boardwalk

Rusty Bike Parked On Boardwalk

lifeguard on duty

Lifeguard On Duty

rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand

a tanned women in flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Tanned Women In Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along the Beach

swans underneath sunset

Swans Underneath Sunset

sunlight catches thorns of cacti along waterfront

Sunlight Catches Thorns Of Cacti Along Waterfront

lifeguard station on beach

Lifeguard Station On Beach

steps leading to the sea

Steps Leading To The Sea

crashing ocean waves in distance behind silhouette of woman

Crashing Ocean Waves In Distance Behind Silhouette Of Woman

black and white shoreline

Black And White Shoreline

small hand in the sand

Small Hand In The Sand

smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer

beachfront city at sunset

Beachfront City At Sunset

low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing

rocky coast and ocean waters

Rocky Coast And Ocean Waters

the rocks of canon beach

The Rocks Of Canon Beach

rocky atlantic beach trails down to sandy waterfront

Rocky Atlantic Beach Trails Down To Sandy Waterfront

california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach

a woman by the beach holds her hands up in reverie

A Woman By The Beach Holds Her Hands Up In Reverie

from the grasses view

From The Grasses View

woman holding a yoga position on the beach

Woman Holding A Yoga Position On The Beach

a city bridge illuminated at night

A City Bridge Illuminated At Night

beach scene at sunset

Beach Scene At Sunset

seagulls standing in the sea at low tide

Seagulls Standing In The Sea At Low Tide

two women laying on sandy beach on sunny day

Two Women Laying On Sandy Beach On Sunny Day

a tanned woman in a beach robe stands by the sea

A Tanned Woman In A Beach Robe Stands By The Sea

the golden beaches of nowhere

The Golden Beaches of Nowhere

man thinking on beach at dusk

Man Thinking On Beach At Dusk

white sand beach scattered with large boulders

White Sand Beach Scattered With Large Boulders

clear blue water under full palm trees

Clear Blue Water Under Full Palm Trees

close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore

bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront

a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View

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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.