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Photo Shoots

Bringing you the best opportunities in aviation photography…

Dedicated Photo Shoots, often with Workshops attached.

There are two forms of Photo Shoot operations… One regularly engages with the ‘home team’ Royal Air Force to bring small groups of photographers a day behind the scenes to raise money directly for station charities, either as a dedicated COAP visit or assisting in wider Enthusiast events. Often these are short notice and are collated via e-mail application, and we undertake a share of the work on behalf of the organisers to assist in the preparation and delivery of a number of allocated spaces / tickets.

Our placing of photographers over 2016-17 events has had a hand in raising over £3500 for station charities, something which we are very proud of. Just check out some of the RAF testimonials about what it has meant to enthusiast photographers seeing and learning more about the RAF at home!

The second type of Photo Shoot concentrates on the preservation scene on specific themes, mostly in the UK and often in conjunction with the re-enactment pros at TimeLine Events Ltd. We are also expanding these dedicated shoots into Europe and the USA.

…Perfect scenes, legendary machines, period equipment and personnel, all expertly positioned and lit for you to capture!

Not only do these Photo Shoots include memorable recreations and re-enactments of stunning scenes, they also feature a full pre-shoot Workshop to ensure you get the most from the shoot and get the very best out of your photography. They will sometimes include an overnight stay/morning post-processing Workshop. A truly fantastic way to improve your photography in a relaxed environment and get to grips with all levels of image editing afterwards.

Photo Shoots overview…

• Photo Shoots for dedicated small groups.
•  Historic scene recreations, with period actors, delivered in partnership with an established organisation.
•  Dedicated pre-shoot briefing to ensure you get the most from the experience.
•  Regular bespoke Workshops to ensure you get the best out of the shoot.
•  Year-round participation.
•  Raise money for charity.

  • It was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments to be quite honest.

    Mark, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • In a word: Superb. Nothing but praise from start to finish.

    Rolf, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • Thoroughly enjoyable insight into life on a front-line RAF squadron with unparalleled photographic opportunities. Exceptional.

    Leigh, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • It was just truly incredible and something I will never forget. I didn’t just have such an amazing time and snapped some beautiful aircraft, I met amazing people who I am still in contact with.

    Josef, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • Exceptional, unrestricted access to life on a front-line squadron that is normally denied to members of the public. An excellent visit and I have to pinch myself to bring home the fact that I really was there and I was that close .

    Ian, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • Photoshoot #1

    A COAP Photo Shoot with Timeline Events Ltd will see a number of photographers able to benefit from a staged re-enactment with arguably the most evocative type of all, the Avro Lancaster (‘Just Jane’, based at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire). There will be an informative Workshop on the subject of Museum & Classic Aircraft Photography by Rich Cooper during the day, before a wonderful evening and night shoot with 'Just Jane', including a full Bomber Command re-enactment and engine runs.

    LOCATION: Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincs
    SUBJECT: Avro Lancaster NX611 ‘Just Jane’ WW2 re-enactment PLUS Museum & Classic Aircraft Photography Workshop
    DATE: 9 April 2016
    PRICE: £189
    CAPACITY: 10x photographers
    INCLUDES: Workshop, hire of facility, Lancaster access, re-enactment and operations, all logistics, booking and admin.

    Lancaster ‘Just jane’: Overview
    The sight and sounds of WW2 are re-created using the expert techniques of Timeline Events Ltd for a very special, evocative scene of Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ being readied for a night bombing raid over Germany. There will be aircrew and ground crew period re-enactors, professionally lit during the evening and into the darkness for some truly memorable photography, including all four engines running.

    The event will include a Workshop with Rich Cooper, covering all you need to know about Museum and Classic Aircraft Photography (including lunch and refreshments), before access to the WW2 bomber from early evening. The shoot will be managed jointly by COAP and the professional re-enactment photo-shoot company TimeLine Events Ltd, and will be expertly lit for the night shoot.

    Time Table
    Saturday 9 April 2016
    11.00hrs: Registration commences, welcome refreshments. Museum open, photography and viewing.
    12.15hrs: Move to the museum’s private function room. Welcome & Overview by Rich Cooper.
    12.30hrs: Working Buffet Lunch & Showcase, plus Q&A.
    13.30hrs: Session 1: The Photography of Classic Aircraft.
    14.30hrs: Convenience and refreshment break.
    14.45hrs: Session 2: How to get the best out of a Museum Shoot
    15.45hrs: Convenience and refreshment break.
    16.00hrs: Session 3: Post-Processing for Museum & Classic shoots.
    16.30hrs: Workshop ends, preparation for the evening Photo Shoot begins when we join the TLE event (90 photographers), ready to start at 17.00hrs for the last light of the day, into sunset and into the night with Just Jane.

    A five-hour Just Jane sunset run & night shoot. The below information is a description of the evening & night photo shoot from organiser TLE…
    The event will start in daylight at 17.00hrs with cameo scenes reminiscent of those dark days of WW2, scenes only made possible due to the help of our re-enactor friends that are meticulous about the uniforms and kit. Then as the Sun starts to set we will be treated to the sight of those Merlin's being fired up one by one before Just Jane sets off to strut her stuff in front of the assembled photographers on the grass runway, doing figures of eight giving you every opportunity to capture her from every angle.
    Calming things down again and as the evening draws in our lights will bring a different dimension to the scenes of the ground crews loading bombs ready for the young airman to take over and prepare our plane for her next night mission. Thankfully this mission will only see them fire up Just Jane's huge Merlin Engines once again. This our second run up of the evening will be timed to hopefully give us those electric blue skies. Engine runs allow us to capture those superb action shots that are the trade mark of any propeller plane at night.
    In addition to the iconic Lancaster we will have a supporting cast of bombs, trolley's and other WWII trucks from the Museum's wonderful collection and of course the ever faithful support of a cast of RAF Bomber Command re-enactors.

    (Optional overnight stays available through IAAT, ask during booking process or call direct on +44 (0)1932 255625.  

    Booking a place on any of our Operations requires you to join COAP first (free) and login into the site thereafter. Once you have done this, you will have access to Register your name for an event (and therefore be contacted directly when more details arise) or to actually Book your place if the event is ready to go. If an event is ready to receive your Booking, you will be redirected to the IAAT Booking page to fill in the required form.

    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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