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 #12

    An incredible event that showcases the latest technology and aviation equipment of the Russian military. Shoot Russian AF machines in action! Plus jaw-dropping Russian Photography Workshop.

LOCATION: Kubinka AB & Moscow
    SUBJECT: ARMY 2017 & Monino Museum, plus "Photography of the Russian AF" Workshop
    DATE: 22-27 August 2017
    PRICE: Land Only £1295 or £1425 with flights from London.
    CAPACITY: Limited

    INCLUDES: 5x nights accomodation on a FULL-BOARD basis, 4x days admission to ARMY 2017, Admission to Kubinka Aircraft Repair Plant, Admission to Monino Museum, Servives of Local Guide on set days, coach transfers from airport and to/from the event each day, Workshop & facilities, Translator, all logistics, admin and booking. Return flights from London Heathrow also available as part of the package.


    ARMY 2017 promises to be an incredible event that showcases the latest technology and aviation equipment of the Russian military.

    Fighters, bombers and helos are all on display at the foremost Russian AF base at Kubinka (flying and static), with three days of trade events followed by public admission. The aircraft take part in live-firing demos at a different location and they will operate from Kubinka for the period. There is also a full industry exhibition, as well as all ground-based military events at other locations in the region. You will be shooting frontline Russian AF hardware!

    Not only will this visit to Russia include a showcase Workshop of truly stunning photography from Andrei Zinchuk and Dmitry Pichugin - two of the country’s most prolific military photographers - but also include access to the world-famous Monino Museum, home to one of the most amazing collections of aircraft in the world (including many one-off Russian designs).

    The best chance to shoot Russian AF in action, as well as an awesome Workshop, the Kubinka Repair Plant and the awesome Monino. Not to be missed!


    IF flights are selected as part of your package, they will depart from London Heathrow at 10:40 and arrive at Moscow at 16:20. We then travel around 2hrs to our accommodation, located only a few minutes drive from Kubinka airbase where we stay 5 nights on a Full Board basis (breakfast, packed lunch & dinner).

    DAYS 2 - 5: WEDNESDAY, 23rd - SATURDAY, 26th AUGUST
    We depart each morning at 08:00 for four full days on Kubinka airbase and return to Tuchkovo each day at 17:00 after the official flying ends.

    It is from here that all the military aircraft taking part in the ‘Army 2017’ flying programme (including those doing live-firing on the Alabino tank ground 32 miles away) will take off and land.

    On the Wednesday morning, at 09:00, we start our visit to the Aircraft Repair Plant which has a good selection of aircraft on display: we see those inside and outside.

    On Saturday night we have a booked a meeting room for a an evening of jaw-dropping photography from our Russian photographers, Andrei Zinchuk and Dmitry Pichugin. Prepare to be blown away by shots that are impossible to achieve unless you are Russian and have the experience, quality and contacts of these guys.

    DAY 6: SUNDAY, 27th AUGUST

    Departing the hotel at 07:30 set off to visit one of the largest and best collections of aircraft in the world: the Central Air Force Museum – better known simply as “Monino”. We should arrive by 10:00 and will stay until 14:00 when the museum closes. You can eat your packed lunch either on the coach or in the grounds.

    As well as military aircraft associated with the Cold War of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, there are also early examples of Russian aeroplanes, warbirds from WWI and WWII, and various classic Soviet airliners. For a list of aircraft and a gallery of photographs please go to the following website:

    At 14:00 we depart for Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and on arrival make 2 quick visits. The first is to the Aeroflot Il-62 on display; this replaced the well-known Il-18 which was on public view for many years but sadly was allowed to deteriorate until it was no longer safe.

    Our second visit is to the airport’s training group and its collection of an Il-76, Il-86 and a Tu-154.

    The return flights will depart Moscow at 19:25 and arrive back in London at 21:25.

    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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