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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persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset

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

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 riding their bike at sunset along the beach

Person Riding Their Bike At Sunset Along The Beach

tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs

two parasols next to each other on a boardwalk

Two Parasols Next To Each Other On A Boardwalk

glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach

steps leading to the sea

Steps Leading To The Sea

person in a floral dress stands on a beach facing the water

Person In A Floral Dress Stands On A Beach Facing The Water

rusty bike parked on boardwalk

Rusty Bike Parked On Boardwalk

rocky coast and ocean waters

Rocky Coast And Ocean Waters

person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach

person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach

sunlight catches thorns of cacti along waterfront

Sunlight Catches Thorns Of Cacti Along Waterfront

woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water

the golden beaches of nowhere

The Golden Beaches of Nowhere

palm frond hangs over white sandy beach

Palm Frond Hangs Over White Sandy Beach

swans underneath sunset

Swans Underneath Sunset

beachfront city at sunset

Beachfront City At Sunset

lifeguard on duty

Lifeguard On Duty

water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore

beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing

crashing ocean waves in distance behind silhouette of woman

Crashing Ocean Waves In Distance Behind Silhouette Of Woman

rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand

three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean

person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone

two women laying on sandy beach on sunny day

Two Women Laying On Sandy Beach On Sunny Day

woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach

seagulls standing in the sea at low tide

Seagulls Standing In The Sea At Low Tide

person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean

persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach

beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story

sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed

sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach

california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach

a city bridge illuminated at night

A City Bridge Illuminated At Night

from the grasses view

From The Grasses View

woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun

lifeguard station on beach

Lifeguard Station On Beach

woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach

woman holding a yoga position on the beach

Woman Holding A Yoga Position On The Beach

a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View

footprints in the sand

Footprints In The Sand

small hand in the sand

Small Hand In The Sand

woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach

a tanned woman in a beach robe stands by the sea

A Tanned Woman In A Beach Robe Stands By The Sea

the rocks of canon beach

The Rocks Of Canon 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]( 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.