Beach pictures

Relax in our sunny collection of beach photos. Youā€™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.

a cool grey tree-lined rubble beach

A Cool Grey Tree-Lined Rubble Beach


buildings of the city of sandavagur along a calm sandy beach

Buildings Of The City Of Sandavagur Along A Calm Sandy Beach


typewriter at the beach

Typewriter At The Beach


throwing breadcrumbs to hungry seagulls circling above

Throwing Breadcrumbs To Hungry Seagulls Circling Above


one man lounges on the beach at the water's edge

One Man Lounges On The Beach At The Water's Edge


a beach paradise tucked between grassy hills

A Beach Paradise Tucked Between Grassy Hills


a fire dancer cuts figures of eight at night on a beach

A Fire Dancer Cuts Figures Of Eight At Night On A Beach


a fire dancer draws shapes on a beach at night

A Fire Dancer Draws Shapes On A Beach At Night


a battered hut at the water's edge framed by city lights

A Battered Hut At The Water's Edge Framed By City Lights


a few stones on a beach lead into the sea

A Few Stones On A Beach Lead Into The Sea


a surfer contemplates the water's edge

A Surfer Contemplates The Water's Edge


a stoney mound on the beach

A Stoney Mound On The Beach


woman in black dress at beach

Woman In Black Dress At Beach


a tattooed woman enjoys the sun on the beach

A Tattooed Woman Enjoys The Sun On The Beach


woman dances on the sand

Woman Dances On The Sand


penticton wineries overlook okanagan lake from cliffside

Penticton Wineries Overlook Okanagan Lake From Cliffside


women hike up sandy path surrounded by lush greenery

Women Hike Up Sandy Path Surrounded By Lush Greenery


women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path


women in activewear take a beachside hike on a sandy path

Women In Activewear Take A Beachside Hike On A Sandy Path


women arm in arm raise their hands in peace sign on beach

Women Arm In Arm Raise Their Hands In Peace Sign On Beach


women in activewear take a moment to share a laugh on beach

Women In Activewear Take A Moment To Share A Laugh On Beach


calm pacific ocean at sunset off california coastline

Calm Pacific Ocean At Sunset Off California Coastline


rocky cliffs crumble into pacific ocean under summer sunset

Rocky Cliffs Crumble Into Pacific Ocean Under Summer Sunset


beach stones rounded by waves cover the shore

Beach Stones Rounded By Waves Cover The Shore


ocean mist crawls across the water reaching rocky shores

Ocean Mist Crawls Across The Water Reaching Rocky Shores


a jagged rocky cliffside meets the ocean water and waves

A Jagged Rocky Cliffside Meets The Ocean Water And Waves


ocean waves swirl off rocky pacific coastline

Ocean Waves Swirl Off Rocky Pacific Coastline


sunlight catches thorns of cacti along waterfront

Sunlight Catches Thorns Of Cacti Along Waterfront


sea bird perched atop barnacle covered post off rocky shore

Sea Bird Perched Atop Barnacle Covered Post Off Rocky Shore


tattooed woman on beach with toes in the sand

Tattooed Woman On Beach With Toes In The Sand


foamy wash on stone beach

Foamy Wash On Stone Beach


water rolls to shore on a cloudy day

Water Rolls To Shore On A Cloudy Day


sandy path leads into a shrub-covered hill

Sandy Path Leads Into A Shrub-Covered Hill


woman stands thoughtful on a beach in the morning sun

Woman Stands Thoughtful On A Beach In The Morning Sun


woman glances back at the sea behind her in the morning light

Woman Glances Back At The Sea Behind Her In The Morning Light


woman in a sweater stands on a beach in the morning

Woman In A Sweater Stands On A Beach In The Morning


woman in a sweater smiles as she leans against a fence

Woman In A Sweater Smiles As She Leans Against A Fence


woman in sports clothes stands on a beach in the morning light

Woman In Sports Clothes Stands On A Beach In The Morning Light


women exercising on the sand

Women Exercising On The Sand


two women warming up on the beach

Two Women Warming Up On The Beach


two women stretching on the beach

Two Women Stretching On The Beach


two women strike a yoga pose on the beach

Two Women Strike A Yoga Pose On The Beach


woman holding a yoga position on the beach

Woman Holding A Yoga Position On The Beach


woman strikes a tree pose on the beach

Woman Strikes A Tree Pose On The Beach


woman does yoga stretches on a beach in the morning light

Woman Does Yoga Stretches On A Beach In The Morning Light


canon beach haystack

Canon Beach Haystack


a man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing


hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty


deep blue water rolling into the shore

Deep Blue Water Rolling Into The Shore


people in the water, planes in the sky

People In The Water, Planes In The Sky


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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 ā€œframingā€ an image theyā€™re talking about using the objects around the subject youā€™re capturing to situate them and draw the viewerā€™s attention to them. Surrounding palm trees, rocks, branches and even doors or windows are great way to do this. Youā€™ll want to be mindful of what surrounds your subject and use it to your advantage.

For example, maybe youā€™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 itā€™s especially important. Remember that the colors in your photographs can set the mood and convey the character of the location.

If youā€™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 youā€™re photographing the country-side of Scotland - more muted greys and soft greens would make more sense.

Itā€™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, youā€™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.