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Bringing you the best experience in aviation photography…

The ultimate in aviation photography…

Air-to-air is the pinnacle of the aviation photography but it requires hours of preparation, briefings and safety procedures. COAP has hundreds of air-to-air flight hours, with the team being amongst the most experienced in-flight photographers in the business and you can join specific photo sorties with everything from fast jets, classic jets and warbirds!

Here you will find our operations that offer air-to-air photography, whether it’s a standalone shoot with a warbird or classic jet, the tailored support of an airshow or a Workshop on how to get the results.

These shoots will see you board a certified aircraft/operator and work in small groups inside a cameraship such as a Shorts Skyvan, Cessna Caravan or Beech Bonanza in fully briefed, safely and professionally executed sorties specifically for aerial photography.

We travel all over the world undertaking these operations, and they are offered either as dedicated COAP events or in tandem with one of our network of operators and professional shooters.

If you want to know what the experience is like, read our blog posts by clicking the button below.
Enjoy the ride!

We are proud to operate with the best in the business…

Air-to-Air overview…

•  Go air-to-air with incredible machines.
•  Experience the ultimate in aviation photography.
•  Safe, fully licensed operators.
•  Professional tuition.
•  Incredible results.
•  Any level welcome.

  • It was brilliant and exhilarating

    Mark, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • I look forward to the next ops – I’ve got the air-to-air bug for sure!

    Ian, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • It was an incredible rush.

    Erik, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • The rush of looking out from the open ramp at the aircraft that get really close is amazing. This really is something you have to have experienced as an aviation photographer. The opportunity that COAP and Aviation Photocrew gave was amazing.

    Erik, Air-to-Air Shooter.

  • This was such an exhilarating experience, something that I’ll never forget. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, but now I’d like to repeat this on a regular basis, it’s so addictive!

    Darren, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be that good! So much variety and so much time face to face with such fantastic machines, as well as some really good company for three days.

    Chris, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Air-to-Air #N1


    • Workshop 1: 'The Art of Aviation Photography', by Rich Cooper/COAP
    • Workshop 2: 'Air-to-Air School', by Aero Legends/Darren Harbar
    • Air-to-Air photography flight with Spitfire & Hurricane over Kent
    • 'Access All Areas' VIP Photo Passes for operational flightline photography during the evening airshow
    • Static sunset/night photography with period re-enactor
    • Workshop 3: Image review seminar delivered by the team
    • Two nights accommodation at Great Danes, Maidstone
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Use of a selection of Nikon camera and lenses throughout the weekend

    There are just 16 places available for the Nikon Historic Warbird Experience, at £1499 per person.

    Flying air-to-air with the legendary Spitfire & Hurricane (an actual Battle of Britain veteran) together over Kent in this the RAF's 100th Anniversary year! It doesn't get any better. Nikon School event working in partnership with the Centre of Aviation Photography, with aerial workshop provided by Aero Legends.

    Nikon School is working with COAP and Aero Legends to tailor unique aviation photography workshops for photography enthusiasts throughout 2018. The Workshop starts at the Mercure Great Danes, Maidstone, on Friday 11th May (with two nights accommodation) and offers instruction in the overall art of aviation photography by experts from Nikon School and pro shooter & COAP founder Rich Cooper.

    The next day, Saturday 12th May, is all about the action, with an exciting Workshop on air-to-air photography and more, delivered by Nikon school experts and professional aviation photographer and warbird expert Darren Harbar, whose vast portfolio has been published in the likes of Flypast and Aeroplane Monthly. The Workshop will enable you to capture breathtaking images of the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane together during a 30min air-to-air photo flight over the skies of Kent onboard Aero Legends' de Havilland Devon.

    The Nikon School Historic Warbirds Experience includes a static photoshoot with the Hurricane and Spitfire incorporating a period setting and reenactment ahead of an awe-inspiring evening airshow. Guests have also been granted 'Access All Areas' air-side Photography Passes by Aero Legends for the airshow, before enjoying a second night at Great Danes. The images captured during the day will then be part of an image review seminar the next day in the Great Danes function room.

    All the while, a range of Nikon cameras and equipment will be on hand for you to experiment, try out and enjoy alongside the expert knowledge of Nikon School tutors. It is not a prerequisite to be Nikon user to take part in this event.

    An outstanding programme of pure aviation, photography and history combined!

    Friday 11th May

    1800hrs: Meet & Welcome in the bar at the Mercure Great Danes, Maidstone
    1830hrs: Intro, plus meal at the hotel restaurant (a la carte)
    2000hrs: Workshop: The Art of Aviation Photography by Rich Cooper, in the Great Danes function room
    2230hrs: Close, retire for evening drinks Q&A

    Saturday12th May
    0830hrs: Breakfast at Great Danes
    1015hrs: Depart Great Danes
    1100hrs: Arrive at Aero Legends, Headcorn Aerodrome
    1115hrs: Welcome & Introduction
    1130hrs: Air-to-Air School with Aero Legends/Darren Harbar
    1215hrs: Lunch
    1300hrs: Air-to-Air Briefing, with pilots in attendance
    1300hrs: Flight 1 (timing may vary due to weather)
    1430hrs: Flight 2 (timing may vary due to weather)
    1515hrs: Debrief
    1530hrs: Course ends
    1545hrs: Static shoot with warbirds and WW2 pilot re-enactor
    1700hrs: Evening event briefing
    1800hrs: Evening airshow display begins
    1900hrs: Final evening flying display & sunset photography and social evening

    Sunday 13th May
    0830hrs: Breakfast at Great Danes
    1000hrs: Coffee served in the Great Danes function room & Image Review Seminar, looking at processing techniques and results from the previous day
    1230hrs: Close

    Booking, payment and cancellations:
    BOOK HERE: https://nikonschool.co.uk/
    · You can either pay in full directly through the website or you can call Nikon School on 03301230934 to make a non-refundable £500 deposit.
    · If you decide to pay a deposit first, full payment is needed 2 months prior to the start date of the course.
    · If the workshop is cancelled individual travel arrangements will not be refunded, you should claim from your travel insurance
    · Prices are payable in UK pounds
    (You do not need to be a Nikon user to participate)

    Questions about the Operations of the Event? E-mail Rich on rich@centreofaviationphotography.com or call direct on +44 (0)7768 816029

    THE SMALL PRINT: All dates are preliminary until confirmed and ready for booking. All events are subject to change (especially the Assignments, as they are conducted with operational squadrons) and are subject to security, operational, technical or weather issues. As such, COAP, Service Providers and the respective militaries are not responsible for cancellation at any stage, bad weather or non-flying activity. Safety and Insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Safety and insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Please note that some Assignments can be very, very physically demanding, in extreme weather, for extended periods of time, with intense , fast-moving activity and any bookings are accepted on that basis. If you have any questions about the physical undertaking, please get in contact.

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