This is all about the photography, whether you are a pro or newcomer. You can develop your skills, expand your horizons, and learn different levels of photography and post-processing at entry or pro stage. You will see a progress of your photography into tangible end products, share experiences and work alongside pros all over the world, meet and discuss relevant topics with the people that are the best in the business, enjoy the social scene and belong to something that is year-round.
Welcome aboard!

We offer aviation photography ops all over the world, whether it is off the beaten track to see the sights at distant exercises and airshows, or undertaking specific photography visits to military locations and commercial operators in small dedicated groups. Air-to-air photography is a speciality of COAP and we undertake our own programme of events as well as team up with partners (such as The Aviation PhotoCrew in Europe and 3G Aviation Media and the Aeromedia Group in the USA) to deliver incredible opportunities. In Rich Cooper and Steve Comber, COAP draws upon decades of experience to bring bespoke, informative Workshops that bring your photography and editing skills to another level. Photo Shoots are also offered either as themed recreations (in conjunction with TimeLine Events Ltd) or dedicated opportunities to hone your skills and capture unique results. Being a part of COAP also enables you to enjoy Seminars and gatherings to connect and discuss cutting edge topics with the best in the business.

Based in the UK, the organisation has modified Articles that incorporate a commitment to distributing funds to associated charitable causes, which allows us to work with the RAF in specific areas.


It’s a great question. There’s certainly plenty of options out there.

We would like to invite you make up your own mind… Take the time to have a read of this page, read the testimonials and browse the rest of the site (especially the ‘In Action’ and ‘Showcase’ pages) and decide for yourselves.

But rest assured, if we meet you to take you away to some far-flung, action-packed land to shoot all day (and night!) or whether we bump into you out in the field whilst doing so, the response is the same – let's enjoy ourselves! It’s a small world and we’d love to invite you to experience the way we see it.

Our ops are undertaken by Steve Comber and Rich Cooper, please do come and say hello, anytime.

We pride ourselves in what we call an ‘immersion in aviation photography’. Everything about what we do is for the photographer – the lighting, the vantage points, the action, the timings, the locations. We’re pros ourselves and we want what you want. As such, our operations are not suited to non-photographers (sorry!)… Often we will be spending long periods of time just waiting for that one shot, or spending days with just a handful of aircraft. It is definitely a case of quality over quantity.

Talking of size, we generally only travel in small but perfectly formed groups. There’s plenty of great operators out there that cater for coach-loads of travellers and that might have cost benefits, but we believe that the social side, the personal service and the interaction (all like-minded travellers, and even the elective learning that comes from shadowing two pros at work) can bring an entirely different experience. COAP will never be the cheapest option, but we are confident that you could ask any single person that’s ever travelled with us and they will say that it was worth every penny. And we’re serious about that.

A COAP trip will be a self-contained, smaller group of 6-12 people for a versatile, focused approach. With Rich Cooper and Steve Comber, you will be travelling with two of the best (and most travelled) photographers in the business. For complete peace of mind, the travel and logistics requirements of specific Exotic Wings operations are fulfilled by IAAT with ATOL and ABTA bonding. Furthermore, there will often be Workshops or Masterclasses built into the operation with the very best in the business. What’s been really great to hear is that photographers often look on our operations as a week-long Workshop when they travel, with their photography improving in major leaps. Oh, and we also include the cultural elements of the countries we visit too! Sometimes there’s more to life than aeroplanes… Sometimes.

So enough of our hot air, why not hear from some of those photographers that have joined us on any one of our operations to decide whether or not to travel with COAP? Take a look at what people are saying and we look forward to hearing how your images and experiences have answered the original question…

Thank you for your time and interest!

  • 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.

  • It was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments to be quite honest.

    Mark, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • What doesn’t change are the principles of great access and the opportunity to test and enhance your photographic skills not to mention the social side of gathering with fellow enthusiasts.

    Ian, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • 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.

  • It was brilliant and exhilarating

    Mark, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • In a word: Superb. Nothing but praise from start to finish.

    Rolf, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. It was nothing short of amazing. I'm so passionate about my photography and finally feel I have found a place to learn more with COAP. And to top it all one of the pilots wants one of my images!

    Mark, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • 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.

  • I look forward to the next ops – I’ve got the air-to-air bug for sure!

    Ian, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Thoroughly enjoyable insight into life on a front-line RAF squadron with unparalleled photographic opportunities. Exceptional.

    Leigh, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • We never shot from the same place twice; between the different vantage points, the changing light and weather, and the reversal of flight ops as the wind switched, there was such a variety to the photographic opportunities.

    Steve, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • It was an incredible rush.

    Erik, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • It was just truly incredible and something I will never forget. I didn’t just have such an amazing time and snapped some beautiful aircraft, I met amazing people who I am still in contact with.

    Josef, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • These have been immensely enjoyable, well run, good value bearing in mind the opportunities they deliver and all with a great social atmosphere, comradeship and not forgetting the essential ingredient of a good dose of banter!

    Tim, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • 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.

  • The rush of looking out from the open ramp at the aircraft that get really close is amazing. This really is something you have to have experienced as an aviation photographer. The opportunity that COAP and Aviation Photocrew gave was amazing.

    Erik, Air-to-Air Shooter.

  • Exceptional, unrestricted access to life on a front-line squadron that is normally denied to members of the public. An excellent visit and I have to pinch myself to bring home the fact that I really was there and I was that close .

    Ian, Photo Shoot attendee.

  • Long days and an epic week that none of us will ever forget with experiences that will live for us forever. Fantastic COAP trip.

    Carl, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • 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.

  • This was such an exhilarating experience, something that I’ll never forget. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, but now I’d like to repeat this on a regular basis, it’s so addictive!

    Darren, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • Air Combat EU provided a simply exhilarating experience for my first air-to-air back seat photography flight. Any feelings of apprehension were allayed by the support and ideas given during both the pre-flight briefings and the flights themselves. The pilots were knowledgeable, safe and informative throughout the entire experience and I constantly caught myself smiling even when I was upside down!

    Carl, COAP ACE Graduate.

  • I knew it would be good but had no idea it would be that good! So much variety and so much time face to face with such fantastic machines, as well as some really good company for three days.

    Chris, Air-to-Air shooter.

  • The course will show what is involved in the planning and execution of an air-to-air sortie to produce the type of images that you see in books and magazines.

    Mark, COAP ACE Graduate.

  • The opportunity to fly with Air Combat EU and COAP was a fantastic chance to experience the planning and execution of backseat air-to-air photography. Under the expert guidance of the COAP pros and former fast jet crews the results were better than I could have ever hoped for as a ‘first timer’. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the experience.

    Neil, COAP ACE Graduate.

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