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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rock along shoreline leads out into calm waters

Rock Along Shoreline Leads Out Into Calm Waters


a woman in a beach robe poses on the beach

A Woman In A Beach Robe Poses On The Beach


buildings, beaches, and blue sea water

Buildings, Beaches, and Blue Sea Water


woman standing on beach holding pink inflatable shell toy

Woman Standing On Beach Holding Pink Inflatable Shell Toy


colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees


families and footprints on a sandy beach

Families And Footprints On A Sandy Beach


sandy feet, sandy beach

Sandy Feet, Sandy Beach


a tanned woman with patterned shawl poses on beach

A Tanned Woman With Patterned Shawl Poses On Beach


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach


clear blue sea surrounds a small bank of sand

Clear Blue Sea Surrounds A Small Bank Of Sand


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach


aerial view of two women sitting on sandy beach in sunshine

Aerial View Of Two Women Sitting On Sandy Beach In Sunshine


winter paddling

Winter Paddling


a pink evening sky over blue waves at the coast

A Pink Evening Sky Over Blue Waves At The Coast


hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach


vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach


doggo on a beach walk

Doggo On A Beach Walk


sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand


woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun


young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach


beachside skyscrapes stretch the distance

Beachside Skyscrapers Extend Into The Distance


woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning


watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


oceanside park

Oceanside Park


waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline


sailboats anchored in blue water harbour

Sailboats Anchored in Blue Water Harbour


a child with long brown hair inspects pebbles on the beach

A Child With Long Brown Hair Inspects Pebbles On the Beach


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge


relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach


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

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


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers


family taking photos by the sea

Family Taking Photos By The Sea


a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side


keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff


blue shallows offshore from dense forest

Blue Shallows Offshore From Dense Forest


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out


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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.