Photographers generally work in a freelance capacity, and are hired for specific jobs by numerous clients. Some photographers work exclusively in certain segments of the industry, such as wedding, graduation and other event-type settings, while others do mainly corporate work, and spend most of their time taking photographs that will appear on business websites and other promotional material. Still others, however, focus more on the artistic side of photography, and choose their own subjects and material that they wish to shoot.
For the most part, photographers are part-time employees that work either on weekends for weddings and events, or whenever they can find clients willing to hire them for one-off shooting jobs. A part-time or freelance photographer who is hired by a client is responsible for following the client's wishes down to the finest details, as well as for setting up a business model that makes pricing and options clearly visible and accessible.
Professional photographers who work full time often do studio work that involves taking pictures in a controlled, usually interior setting, of professional or amateur models for beauty and style magazines. These photographers can be freelance, or can also be kept on retainer by certain magazines and fashion companies. Other forms of professional, full-time photography involve taking stills for motion pictures, taking pictures for crime scenes in cooperation with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and, finally, taking pictures for digital and print newspapers - though often newspapers will work with photographers on a freelance basis rather than hiring them full time.
Finally, photographers are responsible for the digital or physical development of their pictures, and may also be responsible for small or heavy editing of their pictures. For physical prints, photographers will be required to know how to best develop their film, or will be expected to hire other professionals to develop their film for them.
The editing process of photographs, on the other hand, may include simple cropping, or could include changing colour schemes, lighting, or adding and removing objects from pictures to 'clear them up.' Some clients will choose to edit the pictures themselves, while others will expect the photographers themselves to do the necessary photo editing.