I am a relative amature at photography, although I have been taking A LOT of pictures lately and am getting pretty good at it if I may say so myself. I am also quickly amassing a wide array of equipment. Anyway, I was thinking over the weekend, I might like to try my hand at wedding photography as a part time "hobby/job". I realize that this is quite an undertaking. However, since I do already have quite a bit of equipment and some basic experience, it may not require a second college degree and thousands of dollars to get into the "business". My question is, does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get some good training? I have been searching the local colleges and community colleges all morning, and have thus far found nothing. The state University here in town offers some photography classes, but they are all either tied into the journalism school (which is VERY hard to get into) or the art school.
Then, I thought I might try an online class. There are places that offer some wedding photography classes online, but I question the legitimacy of some of these places. One site advertised their wedding photography class as "How to become a pro wedding photographer and drive a red Ferrari". Another place (the link below) has their wedding photography class listed just above the "ghost investigation class". Obviously, these places leave a little to be desired.
So, does anyone have any thoughts? Can I learn all I need to know just by reading some books? Can I learn all I need to know by shadowing a pro for awhile? As I said, I realize that this is not going to be an overnight thing, and I am willing to put in some time and money to learn this stuff the right way.