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 #23

    This is an awesome EW programme and we are very excited to be once again working with 3G Aviation Media to bring a superb blend of photographic hospitality at a major US airshow, as well as air-to-air photography with show participants, plus a dedicated photo chalet during the event as well as night shoot and Workshop!

    Your travel with COAP will ensure you are part of a small, flexible and photography-focussed group, offering the highest degree of flexibility to ensure a maximum return from as many vantage points as possible (and not forgetting a great social scene!).

    LOCATION: MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    SUBJECT: MCAS Cherry Point Airshow 2018
    DATE: 1-7 May 2018
    PRICE: From £1245 Land Only
    CAPACITY: 6x photographers 
    • Eight days, with seven nights hotel accommodation in rooms with en-suite facilities.
    • Breakfast each morning.
    • All transport costs.
    • Services of COAP Photo Manager.
    • All logistics, transport, transfers and admin.


    • VIP Media chalet at MCAS Cherry Point Air Show.
    • Pro sunset and night photography Workshop, as stated. • Air-to-air flights (separate payment if required).
    (See Itinerary PDF for more details. Login and download at the base of this page)

    MCAS Cherry Point is a great place, full of US Marine Corps action and, of course, the world’s last EA-6B Prowlers. 

    This is an awesome EW programme and we are very excited to be once again working with 3G Aviation Media to bring a superb blend of photographic hospitality at a major US airshow.

    It will include air-to-air photography with show participants, plus a dedicated photo chalet during the event as well as night shoot and Workshop! You’ll never have experienced shooting at a show like this before!

    We are also working on other operations in the area, so some flexibility is built into the itinerary and very much look forward to a great photography-filled visit. We’re staying in a great location so expect some super social times as well!

    DAY 1: TUESDAY 1st MAY
    (Full Itinerary photographers) Meet COAP at 06:00hrs in London Heathrow Terminal 3 at the Delta Air Lines check-in area ahead of the flight to Raleigh-Durham via Boston Logan.

    London Heathrow T3, Delta DL59, departs 09:40hrs
    Arrives Boston Logan, Terminal E, 12:18hrs

    We then head to the connecting flight area, for the onward flight to Raleigh-Durham.

    Boston Logan, Delta DL1946, departs 14:30hrs
    Arrives Boston Logan, Terminal 2, 16:37hrs

    (Land Only photographers) Meet COAP at the Arrivals Hall in Boston Logan around 17:30hrs.

    On arrival we collect our luggage from Baggage Reclaim and meet those arriving from other destinations in the Arrivals Hall around 17:30hrs before collecting our transport. 

    We then head towards the attractive early settler town of New Bern, where we check into the BridgePointe Hotel & Marina for six nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Expect some great social evenings, with fantastic restaurants and bars!

    Back-up air-to-air day. Today is the first arrivals day of the Cherry Point Airshow. We await to hear whether the air-to-air photography will be undertaken here or later on in the week. If it is not today, we will undertake an excursion to an aviation photography-related destination.

    Today we will be undertaking a local aviation photography excursion as the preparation for the show is finalised. Once the aerials are secured, it is our intention to make a long excursion up to the Steven Udvar Hazy Museum in Washington.

    DAY 4: FRIDAY 4th MAY
    Mid-afternoon we gather for a briefing on the evening’s plan, ahead of the night show. This all-action night event is expected to include fast jet burners, walls of flame, pyrotechnics and fireworks. A great night ahead!

    DAY 5 & 6: SATURDAY 5th & SUNDAY 6th MAY
    We have two days of full-on action ahead, from sunrise, through sunset and into the darkness. You will not have attended a show like this before… You will have your own dedicated VIP media chalet and full photography Workshop for sunset and night photography with exclusive access. See later for more information.

    DAY 7: MONDAY 7th MAY
    Back-up air-to-air day. At the end of the day, we head out to Raleigh-Durham to spend one night at the Holiday Inn, right by the airport, ready for our flight home tomorrow.

    MORE INFO ON THE AERIALS AND WORKSHOP IN THE PDF DOWNLOAD - login and scroll to the bottom of this page.

    DAY 8: TUESDAY 8th MAY
    (Full Itinerary Photographers) Flights home from Raleigh Durham as below.

    (Land Only Photographers). Arrangements as per your own schedule, being dropped off at Raleigh-Durham Airport at the below time if required.

    Raleigh-Durham Terminal 2, Delta DL6212, departs 14:05hrs
    Arrives Boston Logan Terminal A, 16:07hrs

    We then head to the connecting flight area, for the onward flight to London.

    Boston Logan Terminal A, DL58, departs 19:15hrs

    Arrives London Heathrow 07:05hrs.

    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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