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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palm trees in wind

Palm Trees In Wind


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 man reminiscing

A Man Reminiscing


sunlight streaked sea

Sunlight Streaked Sea


low view of young woman sat on swing

Low View Of Young Woman Sat On Swing


photo of a beach with coarse orange sand

Photo Of A Beach With Coarse Orange Sand


persons legs walking towards the water on a beach

Persons Legs Walking Towards The Water On A Beach


person wrapped in orange rides their bike on the beach

Person Wrapped In Orange Rides Their Bike On The Beach


glowing orange sunset on a beach

Glowing Orange Sunset On A Beach


beach day at coney island

Beach Day At Coney Island


woman talks on her cell phone on sandy beach

Woman Talks On Her Cell Phone On Sandy Beach


clear blue water crashes against rocks

Clear Blue Water Crashes Against Rocks


beach resort shade

Beach Resort Shade


beach reflections

Beach Reflections


two people relax laying down on a sandy beach

Two People Relax Laying Down On A Sandy Beach


holiday in the sand

Holiday In The Sand


palm trees underneath the clear blue sky

Palm Trees Underneath The Clear Blue Sky


beach and seaside mountains

Beach And Seaside Mountains


wading at the beach

Wading At The Beach


sandy seaweed

Sandy Seaweed


people enjoy a clear day at the beach

People Enjoy A Clear Day At The Beach


boat in ocean indonesia

Boat In Ocean Indonesia


women in activewear hike up sandy california coastline path

Women In Activewear Hike Up Sandy California Coastline Path


person in red walks an empty beach

Person In Red Walks An Empty Beach


woman walks towards the camera on a beach

Woman Walks Towards The Camera On A Beach


a woman standing in the sand

A Woman Standing In The Sand


low clouds along sandy beach

Low Clouds Along Sandy Beach


cloudy sky covers the beach as people walk by

Cloudy Sky Covers The Beach As People Walk By


woman in striped bathing suit takes a beach selfie

Woman In Striped Bathing Suit Takes A Beach Selfie


dressed for summer at the beach

Dressed For Summer At The Beach


woman in a swimsuit shields her eyes from the sun

Woman In A Swimsuit Shields Her Eyes From The Sun


person carries surfboard on the beach

Person Carries Surfboard On The Beach


water crashes at rocky island shore

Water Crashes At Rocky Island Shore


person sits on steps by a beach looking at their phone

Person Sits On Steps By A Beach Looking At Their Phone


three people run towards the water on a beach

Three People Run Towards The Water On A Beach


person in a striped bathing suit lays on the beach

Person In A Striped Bathing Suit Lays On The Beach


textured beach sands at sunset

Textured Beach Sands At Sunset


lighthouse blue sky and beach pools

Lighthouse Blue Sky And Beach Pools


woman snapping a picture on her phone of beach

Woman Snapping A Picture On Her Phone Of Beach


photo of a legs standing on a sandy beach next to a beach bag

Photo Of A Legs Standing On A Sandy Beach Next To A Beach Bag


beachside yards with palms by water

Beachside Yards With Palms By Water


person smiles while laying back on the beach

Person Smiles While Laying Back On The Beach


woman in sunglasses takes a selfie at the beach

Woman In Sunglasses Takes A Selfie At The Beach


view of a distant house from a wet sandy beach

View Of A Distant House From A Wet Sandy Beach


tropical sandy beach surrounded by red cliffs

Tropical Sandy Beach Surrounded By Red Cliffs


grassy beach view

Grassy Beach View


beach chair with an untold story

Beach Chair With An Untold Story


a person laying in the sand with hat over their face

A Person Laying In The Sand With Hat Over Their Face


deep blue water rolling into the shore

Deep Blue Water Rolling Into The Shore


notebook sunhat and sunglasses on pineapple table cloth

Notebook Sunhat And Sunglasses On Pineapple Table Cloth


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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.