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 #8

    Shooting at two of the largest military exercises of the year in one mega hit along with pro shooters and a pro Adobe Lightroom tutor, with a day at both exercises and a Workshop on 'Adobe Lightroom for Aviation Photographers'. This will be non-stop aviation photography action… Can you handle it?!


    LOCATION: BA Landivisiau & Florennes AB
SUBJECT:  2017 NATO Tiger Meet & Tactical Weapons Meet, PLUS "Adobe Lightroom for Aviation Photographers" Workshop
    DATE: 13-16 June 2017
    PRICE: £785 (inc 2x entry tickets at £67).
CAPACITY: Limited numbers

    INCLUDES: Hotels (B&B), Eurostar crossing, Workshop & Tutor and facilities, entry into both events, packed lunch, plus all logistics, booking & admin.


    There are few events like it - the world-famous NATO Tiger Meet is a massive concentration of European airpower, with constant action and amazing special schemes. This year is is being held at the super cool French Navy Rafale base of Landivisiau.

    We’ll be spending a full day there before we head off across Europe for the next fix of fast-jet action in the form of the Tactical Weapons Meet at Florennes, the largest exercise at the Belgian F-16 base since the 2009 TLP series!

    Once the action is over, it’ll be time to fire up the laptop and creative juices to engage in a Workshop entitled ‘Lightroom for Aviation Photographers’, with pro tutor Bryn Forbes.

    There’s many ways to experience the above, but travelling with two pro aviation shooters and a pro Lightroom tutor in a relaxed, social small group will guarantee to engage the afterburner in your photography!

    It’s going to be grrrrrreat, but will be pretty intense! 

    DAY 1: TUESDAY, 13th JUNE
    Meeting near London Heathrow at 10:00, we then travel through the Europtunnel to arrive in France at 15:10 local time.

    We then drive across Brittany (about 6.5 hours with stops), staying overnight in Morlaixon a half-board basis.

    Tiger! Tigros! Tigre! At 07:30 we depart for the official NATO Tiger Meet 2017 Spotter’s and Photographer’s Day at Landivisiau  - about a 25-minutes drive away.

    At the end of the proceedings, we head off towards the next fast-jet fest, at Florennes. We stay a en-route, ready for an early morning departure the next day.

    DAY 3: THURSDAY, 15th JUNE
    Stingers! Today is spent at the 2017 Tactical Weapons Meet at Florennes, Belgium, for a large-scale exercise hosted by the Viper-flying No 1 Squadron ‘Stingers’.

    After the last action, we head to the hotel and relax!

    DAY 4: FRIDAY, 16th JUNE
    After a relaxing breakfast, we adjourn to the hotel’s pre-booked meeting room for a Workshop on ‘Adobe Lightroom for Aviation Photographers’. This will be delivered by pro tutor Bryn Forbes, one of the world’s most prolific users of this incredible post-production software. You will be able to ask all of those “How…” questions, work on your images from the last two days in live demos and learn the tips and tricks all in a style that will either allow you to learn the brand-new basics or develop your long-term skills.

    We then depart for Calais for the return crossing via the Eurotunnel, arriving back in the UK at our drop-off point near London Heathrow in the late evening.

    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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