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.

  • Exotic Wings #13

    An unmissable chance to spend time in the UK’s best photographic locations on the military and preservation scene, guided by experts, with Workshops.

    LOCATION: The finest military and preservation shooting locations in the UK.
    SUBJECT: Frontline fighters, plus warbird air-to-air, workshop and museum.
    DATE: 6-15th October 2017
    CAPACITY: 8x photographers
    INCLUDES: Hotels, all logistics, booking and admin, plus Workshops. Air-to-air separate costings.

    THE UNITED KINGDOM: Assignment overview
    Join COAP’s world-class British aviation photographers for a guided tour of some of the UK’s finest vantage points for military and preservation photography.
    Expect to visit the Wales low-level flying areas, the best vantage points at the two busiest RAF frontline stations (RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth, with Typhoons and Ex Joint Warrior), plus special set-ups on the preservation scene including air-to-air photography (separate costing), Workshop, and a visit to the IWM Duxford.


    Want to experience some of the best the UK has to offer? We have put together a comprehensive, action-packed 8-day package to bring you some of the best photography of military and preserved action that Great Britain has to offer.

    Join world-class aviation photographers for a guided tour of some of the UK’s finest vantage points for photography outside some of the UK's most famous locations.

    Expect action from the UK military and preservation scenes, including the Wales low-level flying areas and the best vantage points outside the two busiest RAF frontline stations (RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth, with Typhoons), the latter during the busy Exercise ‘Joint Warrior’. 

What’s more, there will be special set-ups on the preservation scene and we are working towards air-to-air photography with a Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover including a Workshop by a world-famous warbird photographer, and a visit to the IWM Duxford.

    All the while you will be in the company of COAP for an experience and ongoing week-long Workshop to hone your photography and take it to the next level.

    Included in the accommodation list is two nights in the famous WW2 ‘Dambusters’ Officers Mess in Woodall Spa.

    This Assignment should yield some excellent results from some fascinating subjects, especially for those that have not been to the UK before.

    TIMETABLE, 6th-14th October 2017
    (Friday 6th October: Arrive at a London Heathrow hotel).
    Day 1, Saturday 7th October: Travel to Kent for a Workshop and an air-to-air sortie with a Spitfire over the White Cliffs, plus workshop from world-famous warbird photographer. Flights are under a separate costing (tbc), though Workshop is included.
    Day 2, Sunday 8th October: Imperial War Museum, Duxford and fly to Inverness.
    Day 3, Monday 9th October: RAF Lossiemouth, for RAF fast jet action with the resident Typhoon squadrons as well as the busy ‘Joint Warrior’ multi-national exercise.
    Day 4, Tuesday 10th October: A return to RAF Lossiemouth, before flying south to Manchester.
    Day 5, Wednesday 11th October: A day in the Mach Loop to learn the low-down and ‘do’s and don’ts’ of this low-flying location.
    Day 6, Thursday 12th October: RAF Coningsby, fighter town! Two frontline Typhoon squadrons plus the training unit, Operational Evaluation squadron and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
    Day 7, Friday 13th October: Return to RAF Coningsby and return to London.
    Day 8, Saturday 14th October: Back-up day for the air-to-air or free day in London.

    Joining & Booking

    1) SIGN UP:
    Click any of the big green buttons to create an account to sign up for free.
    2) WATCH YOUR INBOX: Once this is ready to book we will contact you directly.
    3) BOOK: Login to the site and this page will become live for bookings. All you need to do is click the red button and fill in the booking form (and remember to pack your camera!)

    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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