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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hand hold pink framed sunglasses by the beach

Hand Hold Pink Framed Sunglasses By The Beach


looking out to sea

Looking Out To Sea


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

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


beach resort vacation

Beach Resort Vacation


foaming blue water rolls over rocks

Foaming Blue Water Rolls Over Rocks


woman models against blue sky

Woman Models Against Blue Sky


umbrella & swimming

Umbrella & Swimming


mans feet on ocean shore

Mans Feet On Ocean Shore


grassy beach umbrellas

Grassy Beach Umbrellas


three men walk out over a low-tide beach

Three Men Walk Out Over A Low-Tide Beach


sea kayaks by ocean

Sea Kayaks By Ocean


a tanned woman exhibits anklet on rocky seashore

A Tanned Woman Exhibits Anklet On Rocky Seashore


person gives peace sign while wearing a facemask

Person Gives Peace Sign While Wearing A Facemask


feet at waters edge

Feet At Waters Edge


rock ledge into ocean

Rock Ledge Into Ocean


people pulling a fishing net to shore in black and white

People Pulling A Fishing Net To Shore In Black And White


woman wearing pink bathing suit and flowing kaftan

Woman Wearing Pink Bathing Suit And Flowing Kaftan


person stands on a beach with their arms out at sunset

Person Stands On A Beach With Their Arms Out At Sunset


beach ballerina

Beach Ballerina


vintage viewfinder on seaside pier

Vintage Viewfinder On Seaside Pier


colorful sunset reflected in wet sand

Colorful Sunset Reflected In Wet Sand


black chalkboard in the sand reads its summer

Black Chalkboard In The Sand Reads Its Summer


person sitting in shallow water on a sunny day

Person Sitting In Shallow Water On A Sunny Day


person on a beach with their hands up in black and white

Person On A Beach With Their Hands Up In Black And White


reflecting on friends

Reflecting On Friends


beach with shallow water with person in the distance

Beach With Shallow Water With Person In The Distance


young woman in sunglasses taking photograph on beach

Young Woman In Sunglasses Taking Photograph On Beach


this dog is ready for its close up

This Dog Is Ready For Its Close Up


sunbathing with friends

Sunbathing With Friends


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

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


lakeside smiles

Lakeside Smiles


smiling beach photographer

Smiling Beach Photographer


summer smiles by the water

Summer Smiles By The Water


kids sand castle

Kids Sand Castle


young woman on beach in swimwear teasing hair

Young Woman On Beach In Swimwear Teasing Hair


two people jump high on a sandy beach

Two People Jump High On A Sandy Beach


beach and overlooking city with people exploring

Beach And Overlooking City With People Exploring


large rock face on beach

Large Rock Face On Beach


misty crowded beach with hills and buildings

Misty Crowded Beach With Hills And Buildings


shipwreck silhouette at sunset

Shipwreck Silhouette At Sunset


sea shore rocks

Sea Shore Rocks


australian beach footprints

Australian Beach Footprints


handful of shells

Handful Of Shells


sandy beach and person oceanside

Sandy Beach And Person Oceanside


people sit around a bonfire on the beach

People Sit Around A Bonfire On The Beach


two people sit on a beach throwing a ball for two dogs

Two People Sit On A Beach Throwing A Ball For Two Dogs


sandy shoulder

Sandy Shoulder


coastal resort beach

Coastal Resort Beach


person in a swimsuit sits on a wet sandy beach

Person In A Swimsuit Sits On A Wet Sandy Beach


holding a beach bag and takes out their sunglasses

Holding A Beach Bag And Takes Out Their Sunglasses


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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.