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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paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day


a male lifeguard patrols a concrete pier on a beach

A Male Lifeguard Patrols A Concrete Pier On A Beach


the grey face of an apartment block draped in clothes lines

The Grey Face Of An Apartment Block Draped In Clothes Lines


sandy path in the evening

Sandy Path In The Evening


distant city sunset

Distant City Sunset


tide laps itself

Tide Laps Itself


sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


stone bollard in sand

Stone Bollard In Sand


rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset


sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


families and footprints on a sandy beach

Families And Footprints On A Sandy Beach


a golden beach below a cliff

A Golden Beach Below A Cliff


rocky outcrops creep into the water

Rocky Outcrops Creep Into The Water


a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach


a greying older man plays a pipe strolling by water's edge

A Greying Older Man Plays A Pipe Strolling By Water's Edge


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


bathers bask on a sunny beach under rocky cliffs

Bathers Bask On A Sunny Beach Under Rocky Cliffs


a long stretch of sandy beach under weather limestone cliffs

A Long Stretch Of Sandy Beach Under Weather Limestone Cliffs


a single rocky stack emerges from blue waters

A Single Rocky Stack Emerges From Blue Waters


rocky limestone cliffs loom over a sandy beach

Rocky Limestone Cliffs Loom Over A Sandy Beach


sun baked cliffs tower over sandy beach

Sun Baked Cliffs Tower Over Sandy Beach


figures line rocky outcrops protruding into the sea

Figures Line Rocky Outcrops Protruding Into The Sea


azure windows through craggy cliffs

Azure Windows Through Craggy Cliffs


craggy cliffs meet blue waters

Craggy Cliffs Meet Blue Waters


sunbathers, surfers and kayakers on a beach under cliffs

Sunbathers, Surfers And Kayakers On A Beach Under Cliffs


kayakers and surfers on a sandy beach under limestone cliffs

Kayakers And Surfers On A Sandy Beach Under Limestone Cliffs


limestone hills peppered with houses overlook a sandy beach

Limestone Hills Peppered With Houses Overlook A Sandy Beach


bathers on a sandy beach against a craggy cliff

Bathers On A Sandy Beach Against A Craggy Cliff


hikers atop a scarred hill near blue waters

Hikers Atop A Scarred Hill Near Blue Waters


the craggy limestone cliff of a sandy bay

The Craggy Limestone Cliff Of A Sandy Bay


wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach


sea wading

Sea Wading


relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach


beach pillar

Beach Pillar


man vs rock

Man Vs Rock


alternative sandcastle

Alternative Sandcastle


split beach

Split Beach


cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach


bridge to off shore rock

Bridge To Off Shore Rock


beach view by drone

Beach View By Drone


drone view of secluded beach

Drone View Of Secluded Beach


patrons enjoy the sandy beaches of lagos

Patrons Enjoy The Sandy Beaches Of Lagos


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


riding horseback

Riding Horseback


sunset falls over a watchtower and bay

Sunset Falls Over A Watchtower And Bay


a child with long brown hair inspects pebbles on the beach

A Child With Long Brown Hair Inspects Pebbles On the Beach


dressed for summer at the beach

Dressed For Summer At The 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](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.