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.

  • Workshop #1

    An in-depth look at the principals of aviation photography, drawn on Rich Cooper’s 30-year experience, and insight into the Workflow and Post-Processing techniques.

    LOCATION: The Aviation Conference Centre, Park Inn Hotel, London Heathrow
    SUBJECT: The principals of aviation photography, workflow and editing process, with interactive and dynamic sessions.
    TUTOR: Rich Cooper
    DATE: Saturday 25 April 2015
    PRICE: £185pp
    CAPACITY: Maximum of 10x photographers
    INCLUDES: Refreshments of coffee, pastries, fresh fruit and mineral water, plus buffet lunch, pad, pen, COAP pack, car parking and Wi-Fi all included. Optional overnight stays available.

    This Workshop is the first in a series of three on the topic of 'Photography of Aviation' and will take you right the way through the aviation photography experience. Rich Cooper’s interactive sessions, strictly limited to 10 photographers, will feature the principals of aviation photography from start to finish and the workflow and editing processes to enable you to get the best out of your images.

    This COAP Workshop will be held in a relaxed, sociable yet productive and informative environment in the Conference Room at London Heathrow’s Park Inn Hotel, in comfortable surroundings. There’s no dress code, but smart casual is preferable.

    This session is open to all levels of experience and ability, and will particularly suit enthusiastic photographers that are keen to learn and would like to hear how Rich Cooper approaches his shoots, what he does to get the results, as well as his editing processes. The day will start with prompt registration and coffee at 9.30am, before a welcome and overview at 10am. There will be four dynamic sessions throughout the day, with lunch and refreshments included. An optional overnight stay is also offered.

    Modules will include: What makes a good shot? What on earth has happened to aviation photography? The theory and principals of aviation photography; The best things since wet burgers; How to approach a shoot and getting the results; Equipment & Camera settings; File types and handling; File storage; Editing & Post Processing; Getting the best out of your images; How to… And an interactive Q&A with what YOU want to know.

    09.30hrs: Registration commences in the Aviation Conference Centre (see directional signs); tea, coffee, pastries and fresh fruit refreshments.
    09.45hrs: Welcome & Overview by Rich Cooper
    10.00hrs: Session 1: Aviation Photography: No Limits (Modules: Principals, Equipment, How to...)
    11.30hrs: Break
    11.45hrs: Session 2: Aviation Photography: Digital Workflow Pt1 (Modules on File Types, Storage and Storage Options)
    12.45hrs: Buffet Lunch
    13.30hrs: Session 3: Aviation Photography: Digital Workflow Pt2 (Modules: Basic Workflow, Basic Editing in LR and PS, and Getting The Best Out Of Your Images)
    15.15hrs: Break
    15.30hrs: Session 4: How To... Plus Interactive Q&A (Interactive session, with Q∓A discussion for your own photographic requirements)
    16.30hrs: Close

    You won’t need to bring anything with you for this particular Workshop, but a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 5 will allow you to follow one or two of the Modules more closely if you would like to do so.

    This Workshop is limited to 10 photographers and whilst we continue to gauge the demand for this and future events, in this instance the following booking process will apply...

    In order to provide everyone with an equal opportunity, NOT BEFORE 10:00hrs on Wednesday 1st April, please e-mail your request for a place on this visit to

    You will receive an auto-acknowledgement of your e-mail. Places will be offered strictly on a first come, first served basis to those e-mails received from 10:00hrs onwards. Applications may only be made for 1x named place. Multiple applications will be rejected.

    Within 48-hours you will be advised by e-mail if you have been successful and provided with a link to the website where you can complete your booking request. Joining instructions will be e-mailed approximately one week prior to the event.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    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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