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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waterfront temple reflects into water

Waterfront Temple Reflects Into Water


woman in bikini walks along sandy beach

Woman In Bikini Walks Along Sandy Beach


white sand beach scattered with large boulders

White Sand Beach Scattered With Large Boulders


man carrying surfboard emerges from ocean waves

Man Carrying Surfboard Emerges From Ocean Waves


sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliff and jungle

Sandy Beach Surrounded By Rocky Cliff And Jungle


a thatch roofed bar perched on a rocky alcove

A Thatch Roofed Bar Perched On A Rocky Alcove


a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View


solitary surfer paddles out to the waves

Solitary Surfer Paddles Out To The Waves


turquoise blue ocean waters along jungle covered cliffside

Turquoise Blue Ocean Waters Along Jungle Covered Cliffside


lines of waves in southeast asia

Lines Of Waves In Southeast Asia


crashing ocean waves in distance behind silhouette of woman

Crashing Ocean Waves In Distance Behind Silhouette Of Woman


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers


rocky beach

Rocky Beach


beach fishing

Beach Fishing


painted campfire

Painted Campfire


two lonely chairs

Two Lonely Chairs


pink sunset

Pink Sunset


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


the sun drops below the watery horizon

The Sun Drops Below The Watery Horizon


a house nestles in the mountainous woodland landscape

A House Nestles In The Mountainous Woodland Landscape


large boulders emerge from water at the shoreline

Large Boulders Emerge From Water At The Shoreline


colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees


blue sun shades and deck chairs on a golden sandy beach

Blue Sun Shades And Deck Chairs On A Golden Sandy Beach


blue waves roll over pebbles on a palm tree-lined beach

Blue Waves Roll Over Pebbles On A Palm Tree-Lined Beach


a pink evening sky over blue waves at the coast

A Pink Evening Sky Over Blue Waves At The Coast


casually dressed man at the beach

Casually Dressed Man At The Beach


green covered cliffs meet crashing waves

Green Covered Cliffs Meet Crashing Waves


blue waves crash at base of cliff

Blue Waves Crash At Base Of Cliff


a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge


a woman by the beach holds her hands up in reverie

A Woman By The Beach Holds Her Hands Up In Reverie


a tanned woman in a beach robe stands by the sea

A Tanned Woman In A Beach Robe Stands By The Sea


a woman in a beach robe poses on the beach

A Woman In A Beach Robe Poses On The Beach


a shawl dangles over a woman's feet in black leggings

A Shawl Dangles Over A Woman's Feet In black Leggings


a tanned woman with patterned shawl poses on beach

A Tanned Woman With Patterned Shawl Poses On Beach


a woman with patterned robe throws head back by beach

A Woman With Patterned Robe Throws Head Back By Beach


a woman by the sea with patterned shawl draped through arms

A Woman By The Sea With Patterned Shawl Draped Through Arms


a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders


a tanned woman exhibits anklet on rocky seashore

A Tanned Woman Exhibits Anklet On Rocky Seashore


a woman leaves footprints in sand on sunset beach

A Woman Leaves Footprints In Sand On Sunset Beach


a woman poses with anklet on rocky beach

A Woman Poses WIth Anklet On Rocky Beach


a woman in a flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Woman In A Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along The Beach


a woman walks along the beach leaving footprints in the sand

A Woman Walks Along The Beach Leaving Footprints In The Sand


a tanned women in flowing beach robe walks along the beach

A Tanned Women In Flowing Beach Robe Walks Along the Beach


clouds in a pink sky over wave-soaked beach

Clouds In A Pink Sky Over Wave-Soaked Beach


a woman on a beach opens her sarong at the rolling waves

A Woman On A Beach Opens Her Sarong At The Rolling Waves


two women run along a sunset beach

Two Women Run Along A Sunset Beach


from the grasses view

From The Grasses View


beach birds

Beach Birds


vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


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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.