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


woman watches paddlers

Woman Watches Paddlers


hanging out with friends on the beach

Hanging Out With Friends On The Beach


sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach


a pink evening sky over blue waves at the coast

A Pink Evening Sky Over Blue Waves At The Coast


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


colourful bean bags on a beach under blue shades and trees

Colourful Bean Bags On A Beach Under Blue Shades And Trees


two women sitting on red metal lifeguard chair at beach

Two Women Sitting On Red Metal Lifeguard Chair At Beach


smooth rocks on sandy beach

Smooth Rocks On Sandy Beach


woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun


vancouver island beach view

Vancouver Island Beach View


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


oceanside park

Oceanside Park


viewing machine looking into the distance

Viewing Machine Looking Into The Distance


clear blue sea surrounds a small bank of sand

Clear Blue Sea Surrounds A Small Bank Of Sand


young woman in sunglasses holding camera facing beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Holding Camera Facing Beach


young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach


winter paddling

Winter Paddling


sea glass in the sand

Sea Glass In The Sand


waves crash at the base of a cliff

Waves Crash At The Base Of A Cliff


woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning


sea meets sand

Sea Meets Sand


ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline


white wedding dress on a beach

White Wedding Dress On A Beach


watermelon offering

Watermelon Offering


a woman in flowing patterned robe stands by waters edge

A Woman In Flowing Patterned Robe Stands By Waters Edge


shadows creating texture in soft beach sand

Shadows Creating Texture In Soft Beach Sand


beachside skyscrapes stretch the distance

Beachside Skyscrapers Extend Into The Distance


a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach


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

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


doggo on a beach walk

Doggo On A Beach Walk


a view of the sea from a rocky cliff side

A View Of The Sea From A Rocky Cliff Side


a photographer crouches at his tripod on a misty beach

A Photographer Crouches At His Tripod On A Misty Beach


bathers wade into turquoise waters off a sandy beach

Bathers Wade Into Turquoise Waters Off A Sandy Beach


relaxing on sunny beach

Relaxing On Sunny Beach


pelican flies over beach cliffs

Pelican Flies Over Beach Cliffs


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


wood fire on a cold day by the water

Wood Fire On A Cold Day By The Water


a child with long brown hair inspects pebbles on the beach

A Child With Long Brown Hair Inspects Pebbles On the Beach


gentle rolling waves cradle avid surfers

Gentle Rolling Waves Cradle Avid Surfers


a view from a cliff onto a sandy beach

A View From A Cliff Onto A Sandy Beach


bubble on wave

Bubble On Wave


sun cracked cliffs overlook bathers on a sandy beach

Sun Cracked Cliffs Overlook Bathers On A Sandy Beach


family taking photos by the sea

Family Taking Photos By The Sea


cliff view of beach

Cliff View Of Beach


beach scene with people enjoying the warmth

Beach Scene With People Enjoying The Warmth


oregon haystack rock

Oregon Haystack Rock


new zealand shorebird tip toes through the surf

New Zealand Shorebird Tip Toes Through The Surf


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.