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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rusty bike parked on boardwalk

Rusty Bike Parked On Boardwalk

water on rocky beach

Water On Rocky Beach

california coast waves hit beach

California Coast Waves Hit Beach

sunset on the island beach

Sunset On The Island Beach

a thatch roofed bar perched on a rocky alcove

A Thatch Roofed Bar Perched On A Rocky Alcove

close up of waves and bubbles on the shore at sunset

Close Up Of Waves And Bubbles On The Shore At Sunset

two parasols next to each other on a boardwalk

Two Parasols Next To Each Other On A Boardwalk

beachfront city at sunset

Beachfront City At Sunset

sunlight catches thorns of cacti along waterfront

Sunlight Catches Thorns Of Cacti Along Waterfront

crashing ocean waves in distance behind silhouette of woman

Crashing Ocean Waves In Distance Behind Silhouette Of Woman

the golden beaches of nowhere

The Golden Beaches of Nowhere

keywhole cliff

Keywhole Cliff

seagulls standing in the sea at low tide

Seagulls Standing In The Sea At Low Tide

rippled ocean beach sand

Rippled Ocean Beach Sand

two women laying on sandy beach on sunny day

Two Women Laying On Sandy Beach On Sunny Day

the sun sets through a thick evening fog

The Sun Sets Through A Thick Evening Fog

swans underneath sunset

Swans Underneath Sunset

a city bridge illuminated at night

A City Bridge Illuminated At Night

from the grasses view

From The Grasses View

lifeguard on duty

Lifeguard On Duty

beachside relaxing

Beachside Relaxing

shoreline meets trees in fall colors

Shoreline Meets Trees In Fall Colors

woman holding a yoga position on the beach

Woman Holding A Yoga Position On The Beach

footprints in the sand

Footprints In The Sand

the rocks of canon beach

The Rocks Of Canon Beach

a tanned woman in a beach robe stands by the sea

A Tanned Woman In A Beach Robe Stands By The Sea

a seat with a beachside view

A Seat With A Beachside View

lifeguard station on beach

Lifeguard Station On Beach

white sand beach scattered with large boulders

White Sand Beach Scattered With Large Boulders

beach scene at sunset

Beach Scene At Sunset

doggo on a beach walk

Doggo On A Beach Walk

couple ready to surf

Couple Ready To Surf

clear blue water under full palm trees

Clear Blue Water Under Full Palm Trees

small hand in the sand

Small Hand In The Sand

rocky atlantic beach trails down to sandy waterfront

Rocky Atlantic Beach Trails Down To Sandy Waterfront

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

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

multi-story buildings stretch along the seafront

Multi-Story Buildings Stretch Along The Seafront

bubbles and beach splash

Bubbles And Beach Splash

a woman by the beach holds her hands up in reverie

A Woman By The Beach Holds Her Hands Up In Reverie

hand holds up a bright beach ball

Hand Holds Up A Bright Beach Ball

tossing beach ball at the park

Tossing Beach Ball At The Park

close up of the water coming into shore

Close Up Of The Water Coming Into Shore

ocean whitecap waves

Ocean Whitecap Waves

happy pink beach sunset

Happy Pink Beach Sunset

hard work for great beauty

Hard Work For Great Beauty

woman in black dress at beach

Woman In Black Dress At Beach

beach side rock formations

Beach Side Rock Formations

a flock of seagulls fly over a beach to the sea

A Flock Of Seagulls Fly Over A Beach To The Sea

private beach resort by rocky shores

Private Beach Resort By Rocky Shores

low tide at the beach house

Low Tide At The Beach House

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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]( 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.