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 #12

    An "Air-to-Air USA" extravaganza! A fantastic chance to learn from the pros and participate in an amazing aviation photography Workshop, with Mustang air-to-airs and more incredible experiences in tandem with COAP and 3G Aviation Media!

    LOCATION: Stallion 51, Kissimmee, Florida
    DATE: 24-26 February 2016

    PRICE: Details here: 
    INCLUDES: Full Workshop itinerary over 23-26 February, various packages available.

    Workshop overview:

    Price: From $2699

    Learn the art of air-to-air for the first time or master your creative aerial photography as you go head-to-head with P-51 Mustangs in Florida! Pro tuition throughout.
    Working in tandem with 3G Aviation Media, this is an opportunity not to be missed! The programme will start on Friday 24th with a full set of briefings on safety and instruction as well as a Workshop on creative air-to-air photography.
    World-renowned aviation photographer Scott Slocum will provide instruction on both the creative and practical portions of air-to-air photography, equipping you for the incredible flights ahead. He will also be your personal photo pilot and instructor on Saturday 25th, setting you up for photographic success as only he can do!
    You will still have access to all of the great ground shooting experiences that are part of a 3G workshop as part of this event. The signature sunset and twilight photoshoots with the Mustangs, along with hands-on instruction and assistance are all part of this experience. 

    Price: $100 when purchased with the Air-to-Air Workshop ($149 stand alone).

    Want to take your aviation images to the next level? This fun, interactive and informative Workshop will kick off with pro shooters walking you through several editing techniques. Example images from their portfolios will show you how the RAW image file from your camera can be manipulated to tell the story that your images are meant to tell.  
    After working with attendees on their images for part of the morning, the tutors will then demonstrate several ways to manage your images, using Adobe Lightroom and other archiving software, ensuring that you can find that favourite image of yours quickly! They will also share techniques for prepping your images for print... After all, those images aren't intended to just sit on your hard drive for years to come, they belong on your walls!
    Throughout the six hours of instruction, you will receive personalised instruction and assistance with applying concepts and techniques to YOUR images to bring forth YOUR photographic vision. This is not a class in how to create images that mimic the styles of other photographers, but rather a class to make you comfortable with the tools that can bring forth YOUR style from the images YOU photographed!  

    Price: To follow

    Heading out to the Valiant Air Command Museum, we undertake a specially-arranged photoshoot with three stunning Vietnam-era jets - an F-105 Thunderchief, A-7A Corsair II and A-4C Skyhawk.

    OPTIONAL EXTRA No 3: Stay tuned


    Florida Fliers... Thursday 23rd February:
    For those that are coming from overseas, we recommend arriving in-country on Thursday 23rd February. The programme requires that you attend the briefings and Workshops on Friday 24th at the location and timings below.
    Accommodation note: There is limited availability at the Embassy Suites - Orlando Lake Buena Vista South (hotel for the weekend, see below) on Thursday 23rd. It is recommended that you make a reservation there for Friday night through Sunday with the group, but the Thursday night can be at your leisure. See also below.

    Friday 24th February:
    Arrive and check-in at the Embassy Suites - Orlando Lake Buena Vista South before 1600hrs, and be ready for the Workshop programme to start at 1700hrs. The safety briefings, instruction and air-to-air Workshops will run from 1700-200hrs.
    For reservations, click this link... EMBASSY SPECIAL RATE Alternatively, you can call 001 407 597 4000 and ask for reservations, using the group code 3GA for a discount rate of $169 per night.

    Saturday 25th February:
    The big one! Arriving at the stunning Stallion 51 Headquarters at Kissimmee airport, the final preps will take place priot to two air-to-air flying periods (one morning, one evening) with four photographers per flying period. A fine social evening to follow, toasting your success! If there is enough interest, bookings will be extended to Sunday 26th February.

    Sunday 26th February:
    Editing Workshop, plus Valiant Air Command: Vietnam Shoot and more. Possibility of extended air-to-air experiences. End of the "Air-to-Air USA" Workshop, followed by a farewell social evening and more toasts to your success!

    Florida Fliers... Monday 24th February:
    Suggested return/fly home date.


    What is included on the day:
    Lunch will be provided on-site, to maximize our time with the aircraft!
    One air-to-air session with the Mustangs of Stallion 51 (times will be coordinated via email)
    Hangar, flightline, sunset/twilight photography photo session and lessons
    One-on-one photography instruction, tailored to YOUR skill level
    Access to vintage aircraft as photo subjects

    What is NOT included:
    Travel/flights to Florida/Kissimmee
    Transportation to and from the Kissimmee Airport
    Lodging - We will be staying at the Embassy Suites - Orlando Lake Buena Vista South.  Call the hotel at (407) 597-4000 and make reservations under "3G Workshop". Rooms are $169 a night and are planned for a Friday check-in and a Monday check-out for weather backup. 

    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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