Bringing you the best knowledge in aviation photography…

Develop your aviation photography, post-processing & end product skills at all levels.

Whether you are just starting out, a die-hard enthusiast or seasoned pro, COAP aims to work with you with a tailored series of Workshops across all levels and multiple aviation genres. You will learn the basic, intermediate and creative editing techniques, right up to the delivery of the end product – whether that’s a portfolio, magazine article, or you own published book.

COAP’s Rich Cooper delivers ‘game changing’ Workshops, either on specific genres within aviation photography or on the subject as its entirety. His network of professionals are also part of the delivery team, often giving a ‘Masterclass’ when in their country of residence or during specific events.

Workshops are regularly included into an Exotic Wings trip as relaxed affairs incorporated into the evenings. Of course, a week away in the action of an aviation photography-dedicated trip is also something of a Workshop by osmosis! COAP has some 60 years of aviation photography experience from which you can draw upon, day and night!

As our primary Workshop programme, we offer an entertaining and informative calendar of stand-alone Workshops, which offer a full day or weekend-long chance to indulge in taking your photography and processing to the next level. These are either offered as groups in comfortable, interactive workshop environments, or to small groups of photographers for higher-intensity tuition. They take place up and down the country, with a full day of theme-specific tuition (overnight stays as optional extras).

We work with pro Adobe Tutor Bryn Forbes, a Californian native, to bring a “Lightroom Roadshow” to the UK and Europe, offering beginner, intermediate/advanced levels for a week-long programme at strategic UK locations.

Bryn is a full time photographer and artist, who, according to friends at Adobe, may have the world's largest Lightroom catalogue. He has been photographing since elementary school, but let’s be honest he wasn't making amazing images with that 110 camera at that time.

While most of his art pieces are impressionistic, he loves getting razor sharp images of aircraft having grown up hanging out at the airport.

He teaches beginners without getting impatient and advanced pros without getting pedantic, all while trying to keep it light. His background in computer engineering and love for the visual arts has enabled him to work with Canon, Adobe, Intel, and more to translate between engineers and customers.

Workshops overview…

•  Get the absolute best out of your aviation photography and your images.
•  Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for your aviation images.
•  Learn the “how to” tips and tricks.
•  Bring out the best of your images with file handling post-processing and creative editing techniques.
•  Turn redundant images into a stunning portfolio.
•  The business side of aviation photography and delivering an end product.
•  No more images left on hard-drives, doing nothing!.

  • Would I recommend COAP to anyone? Without hesitation. It is a fantastic experience for anyone who likes taking aviation photos. The Centre of Aviation Photography is without a doubt the best thing I have done for my photography.

    Robert, Workshop attendee.

  • I came out of the Workshop buzzing! A very enjoyable, relaxed and well planned event. I learned that the photograph is the end product, but getting that end product takes a lot of learning, a lot of effort, and on my part, a different way of thinking.

    David, Workshop attendee.

  • Holding a camera doesn't make a person a photographer, same as holding a driving license doesn't make someone a driver… COAP is a game changer. My thinking totally changed after the Wroskhop

    Adrian, Workshop attendee.

  • It was extremely informative and taught me a lot about taking aviation pictures even though i have been doing it for thirty years. I can’t wait to try things out.

    Andy, Workshop attendee.

  • I can quite categorically say that was the most important and inspirational click on a mouse in my life and completely changed how I approach all my photography and editing.

    Mark, Workshop attendee.

  • 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:
    · 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 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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