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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low tide at the beach house

Low Tide At The Beach House


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


lone man stands on a pier at sunset

Lone Man Stands On A Pier At Sunset


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


a white horse in a field walled off from a  beach

A White Horse In A Field Walled Off From A Beach


abstract image of beach scene

Abstract Image Of Beach Scene


water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore


blank chalkboard sticks out of the sand at the beach

Blank Chalkboard Sticks Out Of The Sand At The Beach


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset


private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores


persons silhouetted profile by a beach sunset

Persons Silhouetted Profile By A Beach Sunset


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


haystack rock oregon

Haystack Rock Oregon


jogger on a sandy beach

Jogger On A Sandy Beach


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


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


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


contrast between sand and sea

Contrast Between Sand And Sea


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


winter paddling

Winter Paddling


colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees


tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


tropical urban beach shore

Tropical Urban Beach Shore


smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach


person faces the water and holds their shoes in hand

Person Faces The Water And Holds Their Shoes In Hand


aerial photo of a beach and aqua blue water

Aerial Photo of A Beach And Aqua Blue Water


aerial view of sandy beach with two women laying on blankets

Aerial View Of Sandy Beach With Two Women Laying On Blankets


man in black on the beach

Man In Black On The Beach


sandy beaches and inlets in calm ocean waters

Sandy Beaches And Inlets In Calm Ocean Waters


beach with city in the background

Beach With City In The Background


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


sun sets over the water

Sun Sets Over The Water


ripples in sand at low tide

Ripples In Sand At Low Tide


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog


a woman at the beach with patterned shawl around her shoulders

A Woman At The Beach With Patterned Shawl Around Her Shoulders


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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.