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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bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash

solitary surfer paddles out to the waves

Solitary Surfer Paddles Out To The Waves

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

a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach

aerial view of waves washing up along sandy beach

Aerial View Of Waves Washing Up Along Sandy Beach

beach side rock formations

Beach Side Rock Formations

a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View

palm frond over deserted beach

Palm Frond Over Deserted Beach

contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea

couple ready to surf

Couple Ready To Surf

sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill

private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores

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

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront

portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach

sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters

abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene

a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders

ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves

woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light

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

person stands on rocks poking out of the ocean shoreline

Person Stands On Rocks Poking Out Of The Ocean Shoreline

man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach

paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day

happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach 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

motorcycle and tracks in beach sands

Motorcycle And Tracks In Beach Sands

black and white shoreline

Black And White Shoreline

a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach

sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water

aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets

grassy rooftops

Grassy Rooftops

beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background

woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach

ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide

a woman walks along the beach leaving footprints in the sand

A Woman Walks Along The Beach Leaving Footprints In The Sand

a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach

northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore

woman standing on beach holding pink inflatable shell toy

Woman Standing On Beach Holding Pink Inflatable Shell Toy

sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach

a woman in a beach robe poses on the beach

A Woman In A Beach Robe Poses On The Beach

rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset

a tanned woman with patterned shawl poses on beach

A Tanned Woman With Patterned Shawl Poses On Beach

families and footprints on a sandy beach

Families And Footprints On A Sandy Beach

jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach

leaning palms on a sandy beach

Leaning Palms On A Sandy Beach

buildings, beaches, and blue sea water

Buildings, Beaches, and Blue Sea Water

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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.