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.

  • 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 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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