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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two people jump high on a sandy beach

Two People Jump High On A Sandy Beach


black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer


a fire dancer draws shapes on a beach at night

A Fire Dancer Draws Shapes On A Beach At Night


beachside yards with palms by water

Beachside Yards With Palms By Water


grassy beach view

Grassy Beach View


person sitting on beach looking out

Person Sitting On Beach Looking Out


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

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


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

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


beach and seaside mountains

Beach And Seaside Mountains


people sit around a bonfire on the beach

People Sit Around A Bonfire On The Beach


white dresses and bare feet

White Dresses And Bare Feet


people walk on bright beach

People Walk On Bright Beach


rocky california shore with waves

Rocky California Shore With Waves


is that a smoking bird or a plane?

Is That A Smoking Bird Or A Plane?


people run towards the water on a sandy beach

People Run Towards The Water On A Sandy Beach


low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


misty crowded beach with hills and buildings

Misty Crowded Beach With Hills And Buildings


a woman poses with anklet on rocky beach

A Woman Poses WIth Anklet On Rocky Beach


foggy golden gate

Foggy Golden Gate


spanish beach marina

Spanish Beach Marina


aerial view of sandy beach scattered with sunbathers

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach Scattered With Sunbathers


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

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


women hike up sandy path surrounded by lush greenery

Women Hike Up Sandy Path Surrounded By Lush Greenery


orange sunrise over beach

Orange Sunrise Over Beach


walking beside cool beach waves

Walking Beside Cool Beach Waves


beach day with bae

Beach Day With Bae


lines of waves in southeast asia

Lines Of Waves In Southeast Asia


umbrella studded beach overlooking teal waters

Umbrella Studded Beach Overlooking Teal Waters


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


person gives peace sign while wearing a facemask

Person Gives Peace Sign While Wearing A Facemask


holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses


oceanside properties with anchored sailboat

Oceanside Properties With Anchored Sailboat


black and white shoreline

Black And White Shoreline


young woman sitting on a dock looking out to water

Young Woman Sitting On A Dock Looking Out To Water


a woman with patterned robe throws head back by beach

A Woman With Patterned Robe Throws Head Back By Beach


soccer ball in hand at park

Soccer Ball In Hand At Park


people enjoying a day at the beach in summer

People Enjoying A Day At The Beach In Summer


water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach


a thatch roofed bar perched on a rocky alcove

A Thatch Roofed Bar Perched On A Rocky Alcove


women on the beach at sunset

Women On The Beach At Sunset


person opens bottle on a beach

Person Opens Bottle On A Beach


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


wintery sunny beach

Wintery Sunny Beach


a tanned women in flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Tanned Women In Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along the Beach


woman standing on rocky outcropping by the sea

Woman Standing On Rocky Outcropping By The Sea


man thinking on beach at dusk

Man Thinking On Beach At Dusk


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand 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.