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 #25

    Workshop, Lounge social, F-14 'TOPGUN' pilot event package! 

    This Workshop is the only one that tackles the powerful programme of Adobe Lightroom specifically for aviation photographers. This will be a interactive ‘hands on’ tutorial covering what the software is, what it does, how to use it and how to apply it to your workflow and your photography style, including ‘live’ downloads and edits so that you can work on your images on your own system.

    Once the Workshop is complete, a highly social evening will follow to include a special 'Runway 25' event at RAF Cosford. This will be a TOPGUN-themed evening with Greg 'Stubby' Stubbs, ex-F-14 pilot and TOPGUN graduate, as well as overnight accommodation with a relaxed breakfast the next morning.

    This “hands on, over the shoulder” tutorial welcomes all levels of experience and ability, and will particularly suit beginners, serious dabblers or those that just want more out of post-processing their images. 

    Rich Cooper is a high-end user of Adobe Lightroom for his profession as an aviation photographer, pretty much on a daily basis and that’s a lot of output. He can’t wait to get stuck in and help you get more out of using it for the benefit of your aviation photography.
    The modules (centred on the Classic version of the software) will include an introduction, sessions what it is and how to use it, plus live edits and hands on sessions, all interspersed with questions as they arise.

    The evening will be spent as a relaxed, social environment in the flavour of our famous Lounge events, and include attendance at a very special 'TOPGUN' event at RAF Cosford, with an ex-F-14 Tomcat pilot. 

    Workshop #25 Topics

    - What is LR and what does it do?
    - How to import/file structure.
    - Sorting and rating your images.
    - Editing: What does what and how to use it.
    - The creative side.
    - Exporting/Saving.

    All using ‘live’ images that you’ve taken yourselves!

    As well as the above Editing functions, items that are likely to also be touched on include Smart Previews, Batch Process, Presets-Plugins-Profiles, How/When to hit Photoshop, Short Cuts, Smart Collections, Locating Photos and File management, Synching Folders, View modes, and the different versions.

    Workshop #25 Programme

    Running from 1030hrs to 1600hrs
    SESSION 1: Intro
    What is it & why use it?
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    The Importance of Structure

    SESSION 2: How I Use It
    RC Sample Shoot for an overview of how LR works
    Step-by-Step overview of how to get there! (My Workflow)

    SESSION 3: Cosford Museum Shoot & Download No1

    SESSION 4: Hands On
    File Structure
    Download & Import

    SESSION 5: Coffee!

    SESSION 6: Hands On
    Sorting & Rating

    SESSION 7: Lunch

    SESSION 8: Hands On
    Editing, Slider-by-Slider

    SESSION 9: How I Edit
    LR capabilities to the max
    Presets & Creativity

    SESSION 10: Cosford shoot & Download No2

    SESSION 11: Hands On

    SESSION 12: Hands On

    Q&A and Close 
    Social & TOPGUN event with Runway 25 at RAF Cosford
    (Plus overnight hotel option)
    Once the Workshop is over, the evening transitions in to a very special event run by Runway25... ‘An Evening in Conversation,’ featuring former F-14 Top Gun pilot, Greg “Stubby” Stubbs!
    The evening event will be hosted in the atmospheric surroundings of the National Cold War Exhibition Hangar at RAF Museum Cosford and promises to be a memorable evening. In a massive coup within the aviation industry, Stubby is flying over from Atlanta, Georgia, specifically for the event. Greg will be sharing a wealth of fascinating stories from his career, including carrier operations, completing TopGun and even surviving a mid-air collision.
    Stubby said “There is nothing as exhilarating as a cat shot in a fully loaded F-14 Tomcat and nothing as nerve racking as a night carrier landing on a deck pitching up and down 30 feet. Surrounded by some iconic aircraft at the RAF Museum Cosford, I’ll be sharing my experiences as a TopGun F-14 Pilot and much more.”
    After soaking up edge-of-the seat stories from Greg, the audience will have the opportunity to purchase signed limited edition TopGun-related merchandise including coins, patches and key rings.
    Ticket prices include a buffet selection of sandwiches and homemade sausage rolls which will be served after the talk along with tea and coffee. Our guests will have an opportunity to meet Greg, who will be available afterwards to answer any questions you may have.


    WORKSHOP: Venue hire, arrival refreshments, lunch, museum and full day workshop, plus exclusive TOPGUN night: £165
    OVERNIGHT HOTEL: International Hotel Telford, special B&B rate £65


    HOW TO BOOK: Please send an e-mail to indicating your requirements for the day and your hotel needs.

    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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