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


northern california rocky shore

Northern California Rocky Shore


a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


penticton wineries overlook okanagan lake from cliffside

Penticton Wineries Overlook Okanagan Lake From Cliffside


tide rolling in

Tide Rolling In


portrait image of sunny day at beach

Portrait Image Of Sunny Day At Beach


person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach


a flag and people on a beach in black and white

A Flag And People On A Beach In Black And White


person riding their bike at sunset along the beach

Person Riding Their Bike At Sunset Along The Beach


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


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

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


rocky seashore sunset

Rocky Seashore Sunset


person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach


person in a white dress stands on the beach at sunset

Person In A White Dress Stands On The Beach At Sunset


grey foggy beach

Grey Foggy Beach


a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A 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


kite flying at beach

Kite Flying At Beach


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


paddling on a cloudy day

Paddling On A Cloudy Day


happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset


lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


woman laughing by aqua blue ocean water

Woman Laughing By Aqua Blue Ocean Water


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


swimmers and surfers scattered along gentle waves

Swimmers And Surfers Scattered Along Gentle Waves


calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


person in a warm jacket looks out to the ocean

Person In A Warm Jacket Looks Out To The Ocean


the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog


three people running towards the ocean

Three People Running Towards The Ocean


woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy 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](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.