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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multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View


close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore


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

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


bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash


footprints in the sand

Footprints In The Sand


young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach


beach side rock formations

Beach Side Rock Formations


tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park


couple ready to surf

Couple Ready To Surf


solitary surfer paddles out to the waves

Solitary Surfer Paddles Out To The Waves


woman in black dress at beach

Woman In Black Dress At Beach


aerial view of coastal city and roller coaster

Aerial View Of Coastal City And Roller Coaster


ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


tide rolling in

Tide Rolling In


penticton wineries overlook okanagan lake from cliffside

Penticton Wineries Overlook Okanagan Lake From Cliffside


portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach


sandy beach with sandals sunglasses and a beach bag

Sandy Beach With Sandals Sunglasses And A Beach Bag


aerial view of waves washing up along sandy beach

Aerial View Of Waves Washing Up Along Sandy Beach


grey foggy beach

Grey Foggy Beach


kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach


hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty


a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea


paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day


sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach


low tide at the beach house

Low Tide At The Beach House


straw parasols on a beach in greece

Straw Parasols On A Beach In Greece


rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset


doggo on a beach walk

Doggo On A Beach Walk


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach


private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset


calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline


foggy golden gate

Foggy Golden Gate


three pairs of summer shoes and a beach bag on the beach

Three Pairs Of Summer Shoes And A Beach Bag On The Beach


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


photo of a person stretching with a smart watch on

Photo Of A Person Stretching With A Smart Watch On


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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.