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](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.