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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smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


sandy beach with sandals sunglasses and a beach bag

Sandy Beach With Sandals Sunglasses And A Beach Bag


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets


rock along shoreline leads out into calm waters

Rock Along Shoreline Leads Out Into Calm Waters


woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light


man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach


sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water


palm frond hangs over white sandy beach

Palm Frond Hangs Over White Sandy Beach


foggy golden gate

Foggy Golden Gate


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


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

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


clear blue sea surrounds a small bank of sand

Clear Blue Sea Surrounds A Small Bank Of Sand


sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


motorcycle and tracks in beach sands

Motorcycle And Tracks In Beach Sands


grassy rooftops

Grassy Rooftops


a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders


sandals and a beach bag on a white sandy beach

Sandals And A Beach Bag On A White Sandy Beach


people enjoy a clear day at the beach

People Enjoy A Clear Day At The Beach


woman standing on beach holding pink inflatable shell toy

Woman Standing On Beach Holding Pink Inflatable Shell Toy


three people have fun on a beach

Three People Have Fun On A Beach


sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand


families and footprints on a sandy beach

Families And Footprints On A Sandy Beach


a woman in a beach robe poses on the beach

A Woman In A Beach Robe Poses On The Beach


family taking photos by the sea

Family Taking Photos By The Sea


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach in sunshine

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach In Sunshine


a woman walks along the beach leaving footprints in the sand

A Woman Walks Along The Beach Leaving Footprints In The Sand


a tanned woman with patterned shawl poses on beach

A Tanned Woman With Patterned Shawl Poses On Beach


a pink evening sky over blue waves at the coast

A Pink Evening Sky Over Blue Waves At The Coast


beachside skyscrapes stretch the distance

Beachside Skyscrapers Extend Into The Distance


two people jump high on a sandy beach

Two People Jump High On A Sandy Beach


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


sailboats anchored in blue water harbour

Sailboats Anchored in Blue Water Harbour


three people jump high on a wet sandy beach

Three People Jump High On A Wet Sandy Beach


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

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


a child with long brown hair inspects pebbles on the beach

A Child With Long Brown Hair Inspects Pebbles On the Beach


sunset tide spilling onto rocky beach

Sunset Tide Spilling Onto Rocky Beach


buildings, beaches, and blue sea water

Buildings, Beaches, and Blue Sea Water


vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


people sit around a bonfire on the beach

People Sit Around A Bonfire On The Beach


person opens bottle on a beach

Person Opens Bottle On A Beach


photo of a person stretching with a smart watch on

Photo Of A Person Stretching With A Smart Watch On


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The 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.