Press photographers take photographs to record news, current events and lifestyle stories. Their aim is to capture the best images in order to document an event, tell a story or convey a message. The pictures are then reproduced in newspapers, magazines and, increasingly, niche-market, web-based publications.
Press photographers sometimes specialise in a particular field, such as sport, current events or entertainment. The market is very competitive and many work on a freelance basis, using good business skills to sell their photographs to news agencies or publications. Some freelance photographers are members of picture libraries and supply their image to the archives from which papers and magazines then draw photographs. Bigger national and local newspapers at times also have their own in-house photographers. This work is also known as editorial photography.