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 #2

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

    LOCATION: Newark Air Museum 
    SUBJECT: The principals of aviation photography, workflow and editing process, with interactive and dynamic sessions.
    DATE: January 2016
    PRICE: £165pp 
    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 facility hire all included, plus all admin, logistics and booking fees. Optional overnight stays available.

    This Workshop is the popular 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, aviation environment in the facilities of the Airbase at Coventry Airport. 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.

    10.00hrs: Registration commences in the Dambuster Room; welcome refreshments
    10.15hrs: Welcome & Overview by Rich Cooper
    10.30hrs: Session 1: Aviation Photography: No Limits
    11.30hrs: Convenience and refreshment break; Chance to view museum exhibits
    12.00hrs: Session 2: Aviation Photography: Digital Workflow Pt1
    12.45hrs: Buffet Lunch
    13.30hrs: Session 3: Aviation Photography: Digital Workflow Pt2
    14.00hrs: Convenience and refreshment break; Chance to view museum exhibits
    14.30hrs: Session 4: How To... plus Interactive Q&A
    15.30hrs: Closing remarks by Rich Cooper; attendees disperse, final museum viewings
    16.00hrs: Doors 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.

    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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