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 #20

    There’s museums and there’s museums… The incredible collection at Kiev, Ukraine, contains some jaw-dropping exhibits and this long weekend will include a day, sunset and night shoot with the entire collection… A night shoot on subjects like a Tu-22 ‘Backfire’, Tu-95 ‘Bear’ and Be-12 ‘Mail’, as well as a feast of Soviet fighters and rarities. Bring it on! There will also be a full day’s sightseeing in Kiev, too.

    All images: Frank Grealish/IrishAirPics

    What to Expect:

    • * ‘Bear’ and ‘Backfire’ at night? Yes please! A night shoot with one of the world’s greatest collection of MiGs, Sukhois, Tupolevs, Berievs and Ilyushins. In the snow…?
    • * Full day, evening and night shoot at the museum.
    • * Full day sightseeing in the historic city of Kiev.

    Kiev is a beautiful city, steeped in history (modern and classic) and maintains the character of its past with a nod to its modern stature. It also has one of the world's best collections of Soviet-era aircraft and we will have them all to ourselves!

    This really will be a night shoot to remember, and the very fist of its kind here. All those incredible fighters, bombers, one-offs and rare flying boats... Possibly in the snow. It has epic written all over it.

    We'll be on hand to coach you through the whole thing, whether it's angles or camera settings or how to get the most out of the whole museum itself. You are in good hands as it will be our sixth visit to this awesome array of hardware.

    This is the outline itinerary...

    Friday 31st January: Meet in the Arrivals Hall at Kiev Borispol International airport from 1830hrs. We then head directly to our hotel and enjoy a relaxed social evening in the city bars.

    Saturday 1st February: A full day at the incredible Ukraine AF Museum collection in Kiev. We will have the curator on hard with us, and he is a font of knowledge on Soviet-built aircraft (especially in Ukraine service). Once the light fades, the blue hour will light up the exhibits in what could be snowy conditions - a potential highlight of the whole year! We then use our lighting systems to bring the next pahse of night photography to life, concentrating on the large bomber force of 'Bear' and 'Backfire' types as well as the fighters (Yak-38!) and amphibians (Be-12!). We then return to the hotel to debrief in the bar!

    Sunday 2nd February: We start the day with a driven, guided tour of the city of Kiev to take in all of the major landmarks of this historic capital. This picks us up rom the hotel and drops us back around three hours later, and we then have the lunchtime and afternoon to head back into the city itself on foot to discover more or to re-visit highlights seen during the guided tour. We return to Kiev Borispol airport for 1800hrs ahead of the departing flights.

    COSTS: Three days travel, two nights accommodation in central city hotel, single rooms, museum visit and exclusive night shoot, guided driven tour of Kiev, all in-country transport, logistics, booking, admin, ATOL protection: £645
    (Flights to Kiev Borispol from your choice of airport available on request)


    HOW TO BOOK: Please send an e-mail to to confirm your interest and whether you would like a quote for flights from your originating airport too.


    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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