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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oceanside properties with anchored sailboat

Oceanside Properties With Anchored Sailboat


rusty bike parked on boardwalk

Rusty Bike Parked On Boardwalk


people enjoying a day at the beach in summer

People Enjoying A Day At The Beach In Summer


white dresses and bare feet

White Dresses And Bare Feet


two parasols next to each other on a boardwalk

Two Parasols Next To Each Other On A Boardwalk


is that a smoking bird or a plane?

Is That A Smoking Bird Or A Plane?


crashing ocean waves in distance behind silhouette of woman

Crashing Ocean Waves In Distance Behind Silhouette Of Woman


swans underneath sunset

Swans Underneath Sunset


small hand in the sand

Small Hand In The Sand


rocky atlantic beach trails down to sandy waterfront

Rocky Atlantic Beach Trails Down To Sandy Waterfront


women on the beach at sunset

Women On The Beach At Sunset


sunlight catches thorns of cacti along waterfront

Sunlight Catches Thorns Of Cacti Along Waterfront


beachfront city at sunset

Beachfront City At Sunset


woman wearing pink bathing suit and flowing kaftan

Woman Wearing Pink Bathing Suit And Flowing Kaftan


the rocks of canon beach

The Rocks Of Canon Beach


tropical hammock on the beach

Tropical Hammock On The Beach


steps leading to the sea

Steps Leading To The Sea


a city bridge illuminated at night

A City Bridge Illuminated At Night


woman standing on rocky outcropping by the sea

Woman Standing On Rocky Outcropping By The Sea


beach scene at sunset

Beach Scene At Sunset


clear blue water under full palm trees

Clear Blue Water Under Full Palm Trees


the golden beaches of nowhere

The Golden Beaches of Nowhere


a tanned women in flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Tanned Women In Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along the Beach


tide rolling in

Tide Rolling In


from the grasses view

From The Grasses View


woman holding a yoga position on the beach

Woman Holding A Yoga Position On The Beach


three men walk out over a low-tide beach

Three Men Walk Out Over A Low-Tide Beach


women in activewear take a moment to share a laugh on beach

Women In Activewear Take A Moment To Share A Laugh On Beach


a woman by the beach holds her hands up in reverie

A Woman By The Beach Holds Her Hands Up In Reverie


two women laying on sandy beach on sunny day

Two Women Laying On Sandy Beach On Sunny Day


california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach


aerial view of coastal city and roller coaster

Aerial View Of Coastal City And Roller Coaster


sunbathing with friends

Sunbathing With Friends


seagulls standing in the sea at low tide

Seagulls Standing In The Sea At Low Tide


staring at the summer sun

Staring At The Summer Sun


a tanned woman in a beach robe stands by the sea

A Tanned Woman In A Beach Robe Stands By The Sea


rocky coast and ocean waters

Rocky Coast And Ocean Waters


man thinking on beach at dusk

Man Thinking On Beach At Dusk


penticton wineries overlook okanagan lake from cliffside

Penticton Wineries Overlook Okanagan Lake From Cliffside


white sand beach scattered with large boulders

White Sand Beach Scattered With Large Boulders


palm frond over deserted beach

Palm Frond Over Deserted Beach


woman in black dress at beach

Woman In Black Dress At Beach


person stands on rocks poking out of the ocean shoreline

Person Stands On Rocks Poking Out Of The Ocean Shoreline


grey foggy beach

Grey Foggy Beach


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach


bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash


tropical urban beach shore

Tropical Urban Beach Shore


close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore


hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty


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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.