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.

a fence that seems to never end

A Fence That Seems To Never End


coracle boats in a beach

Coracle Boats In A Beach


blue and white waves crashing

Blue And White Waves Crashing


woman walks away across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Away Across Grassy Dunes


woman walks across grassy dunes

Woman Walks Across Grassy Dunes


tide rolls in on a cloudy day

Tide Rolls In On A Cloudy Day


woman wades through water at beach

Woman Wades Through Water At Beach


this dog is ready for its close up

This Dog Is Ready For Its Close Up


dog enjoying a sunset beach walk

Dog Enjoying A Sunset Beach Walk


bustling bay before the sea

Bustling Bay Before The Sea


plane glides above tropical beach

Plane Glides Above Tropical Beach


vacation homes sit above the sea

Vacation Homes Sit Above The Sea


recently empty dock

Recently Empty Dock


small island stands alone

Small Island Stands Alone


stone shoreline frames sky

Stone Shoreline Frames Sky


shore meets the sea

Shore Meets The Sea


sunset creates orange hue along the beach

Sunset Creates Orange Hue Along The Beach


deep blue waves crashing against rocks

Deep Blue Waves Crashing Against Rocks


mist rolling over water by some rocks

Mist Rolling Over Water By Some Rocks


waves crashing over beach structure

Waves Crashing Over Beach Structure


following fence line to the shore

Following Fence Line To The Shore


clouds cascading over horizon on water

Clouds Cascading Over Horizon On Water


overcast sky over beach path

Overcast Sky Over Beach Path


lighthouse and crashing waves

Lighthouse And Crashing Waves


tide rolling to shore under sunset

Tide Rolling To Shore Under Sunset


tide rolls into shore between rocks

Tide Rolls Into Shore Between Rocks


sun sets behind fishermen

Sun Sets Behind Fishermen


woman carrying log on beach in india

Woman Carrying Log On Beach In India


woman carries wood across beach in india

Woman Carries Wood Across Beach In India


a sweeping sunset illuminating a beach

A Sweeping Sunset Illuminating A Beach


people begin to leave the beach

People Begin To Leave The Beach


surfers take to the water

Surfers Take To The Water


sun sets over surfers and beach goers

Sun Sets Over Surfers And Beach Goers


the tide rolls in on a sunny beach scene

The Tide Rolls In On A Sunny Beach Scene


sun sets in the distance and shines on the water

Sun Sets In The Distance And Shines On The Water


beach scene under cloudy sky

Beach Scene Under Cloudy Sky


a church sits atop colorful beach

A Church Sits Atop Colorful Beach


beach view framed by ruins

Beach View Framed By Ruins


sunny coastline below distant mountains

Sunny Coastline Below Distant Mountains


beachfront buildings nestled at the base of a cliff

Beachfront Buildings Nestled At The Base Of A Cliff


empty lifeguard chair at the beach

Empty Lifeguard Chair At The Beach


rocky seashore

Rocky Seashore


beach ballerina

Beach Ballerina


couple ready to surf

Couple Ready To Surf


seashells down by the seashore

Seashells Down By The Seashore


straw parasols on a beach in greece

Straw Parasols On A Beach In Greece


straw parasols on a sandy beach

Straw Parasols On A Sandy Beach


Aerial photography: umbrella shadows on the sand

Straw Parasols On A Beach


lonely lighthouse

Lonely Lighthouse


beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island


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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.