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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hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty


solitary surfer paddles out to the waves

Solitary Surfer Paddles Out To The Waves


beach side rock formations

Beach Side Rock Formations


couple ready to surf

Couple Ready To Surf


tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park


calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline


lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


aerial view of waves washing up along sandy beach

Aerial View Of Waves Washing Up Along Sandy Beach


a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View


a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea


private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


straw parasols on a beach in greece

Straw Parasols On A Beach In Greece


black and white shoreline

Black And White Shoreline


ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves


portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach


contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea


low tide at the beach house

Low Tide At The Beach House


multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront


paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach


low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing


swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves


leaning palms on a sandy beach

Leaning Palms On A Sandy Beach


sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset


sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach


happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset


man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach


a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders


a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach


motorcycle and tracks in beach sands

Motorcycle And Tracks In Beach Sands


sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water


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

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


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide


aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


grassy rooftops

Grassy Rooftops


a woman walks along the beach leaving footprints in the sand

A Woman Walks Along The Beach Leaving Footprints In The Sand


smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


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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.