There is no formal amount of college required to become a wedding photographer; an individual who operates a camera and produces shots that their clients like can photograph weddings. Photographers interested in a formal education can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, a program that takes 4 years to complete. Once a bachelor's degree is received, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography takes 2 to 3 years to finish the program.
Aspiring photographers must be able to work a camera, set up shots, market their skills and handle the financial aspects of working for themselves. Workshops are available to help photographers improve their skills, efficiently run their business and learn more about their cameras. An internship or job shadowing assignment is helpful because it allows new photographers to work with skilled, established photographers.