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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aerial view of waves washing up along sandy beach

Aerial View Of Waves Washing Up Along Sandy Beach


aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach in sunshine

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach In Sunshine


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach


young woman holding drink cup with straw on sandy beach

Young Woman Holding Drink Cup With Straw On Sandy Beach


young woman looks at phone while sitting on beach blanket

Young Woman Looks At Phone While Sitting On Beach Blanket


young woman in swimwear and sunglasses on sunny beach

Young Woman In Swimwear And Sunglasses On Sunny Beach


young woman on beach in swimwear teasing hair

Young Woman On Beach In Swimwear Teasing Hair


watching the water

Watching the Water


hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach


sunbathing with friends

Sunbathing With Friends


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


staring at the summer sun

Staring At The Summer Sun


smile for the camera!

Smile For The Camera!


hanging with friends on the beach

Hanging With Friends On The Beach


sunbathers enjoy the beach

Sunbathers Enjoy The Beach


taking pictures at the beach

Taking Pictures At The Beach


modern venus

Modern Venus


woman models against blue sky

Woman Models Against Blue Sky


young woman takes selfie while sitting on sunny beach

Young Woman Takes Selfie While Sitting On Sunny Beach


young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach


young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach


young woman holds watermelon slice on sunny beach

Young Woman Holds Watermelon Slice On Sunny Beach


young woman in bikini laughs with friends

Young Woman In Bikini Laughs With Friends


two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach


two women laying on sandy beach on sunny day

Two Women Laying On Sandy Beach On Sunny Day


young woman in swimwear taking photo with colourful camera

Young Woman In Swimwear Taking Photo With Colourful Camera


woman standing on beach holding pink inflatable shell toy

Woman Standing On Beach Holding Pink Inflatable Shell Toy


woman wearing pink bathing suit and flowing kaftan

Woman Wearing Pink Bathing Suit And Flowing Kaftan


aerial view of busy beach

Aerial View Of Busy Beach


aerial view of swimmers

Aerial View Of Swimmers


drones-eye view of a beach

Drones-Eye View Of A Beach


young woman takes in the view

Young Woman Takes In The View


beach scene at sunset

Beach Scene At Sunset


a luscious cliffside cradles a beach

A Luscious Cliffside Cradles A Beach


waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff


sunrise over the horizon

Sunrise Over The Horizon


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


rocky sea by forested mountains

Rocky Sea By Forested Mountains


clifftop view of sea shore

Clifftop View Of Sea Shore


neon sunset

Neon Sunset


steps leading to the sea

Steps Leading To The Sea


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea


a bird on a stack of wood in the sea

A Bird On A Stack Of Wood In The Sea


one sunbathing sea lion chats to a sea lion in the water

One Sunbathing Sea Lion Chats To A Sea Lion In The Water


puddles of water on the beach reflect the sunset

Puddles Of Water On the Beach Reflect The Sunset


a man on a dune watches the sun set from the beach

A Man On A Dune Watches The Sun Set From The Beach


a beach shack on stilts

A Beach Shack On Stilts


swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves


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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.