Aviation Reenactment Photography Workshop

02 April 2022

Get the perfect shot – sign up for the Aviation Reenactment Photography Workshop at the RAF Museum!

The RAF Museum has teamed up with Chappers Photography and ‘Up an’ at Em! History’ to offer this hands-on Aviation Reenactment Photography Workshop that will give you the chance to learn, plan, execute and develop as a historical reenactment aviation photographer.

During this full-day practical course, participants will receive tuition on how best to capture reenactors and aircraft together and will be able to explore how to set up their shots and create an authentic historical scene. Attendees can expect to learn more about the subtle aspects of portrait, location and aviation photography.

Course content

The workshop will start at 11.00am with informative photography theory focusing on how to capture people and aircraft in a shot. Participants will then test out some of this knowledge using the incredible collection of aircraft and exhibits. We will start with our First World War Aircraft where our appropriately and authentically dressed reenactors will create scenes. Afterwards, attendees will spend some time learning how to photograph some of the iconic Second World War aircraft as the reenactors change into 1940s period flying gear to pose in front of the iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Mosquito.

After the lunch break, the reenactors will recreate a historical scene of the most daring of all pilots – the 1950s test pilot in the Test Flight Hangar.

At the end of the day, photographers will be provided exclusive access to the National Cold War exhibition between 5.00pm and 5:45pm with unique photo shoot opportunities around our Cold War aircraft including the iconic V-bombers. Our reenactors will once again be on hand with appropriate gear.


Tickets cost £85.00 per person (including lunch and parking).

Places are limited to 20 per day and tickets must be purchased in advance.

This event is aimed at photographers with a little experience, but do not worry if you are a little rusty on using your camera or new to the hobby, the course tutor will be on hand to support you all day. It is desirable that attendees have a basic grasp of how to operate the basic settings on their cameras such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO but help will be on hand if you require assistance. This will also be a great opportunity for anyone who has attended one of our previous courses to build on their skills.

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Event Timings
  • Arrival, briefing and welcome – from 11.00am
  • Course Start – 11.30am
  • Lunch – 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Exclusive access to the National Cold War Exhibition – 5.00pm – 5.45pm
  • Event closes – 6.00pm

About the tutor

Lee Chapman, aka Chappers Photography, always aims to get a sense of realism within his photographs, he covers a wide range of subjects including wildlife, sports and equine. Although, he favours and specialises in the subject of historic aviation. Lee has received numerous accolades for his photography and works as a media reporter/photographer for Airscene.co.uk and has covered all of the major UK air shows over the last few years.

He has recently released four photographic books through Key Publishing, all about historic aircraft including popular titles; ‘RAF Aircraft from the Battle of Britain’ and ‘British Aircraft of World War One’ and is currently working on a follow-up to this. Alongside his photography, Lee is also a fully qualified college lecturer and has almost 20 years’ experience in adult education. He runs a wide range of photography courses, photoshoots and workshops throughout the year.

Up An’ At Em! History are one of the UK’s leading historical services organisations, they offer educational talks, history displays and costumed interpretations. They have a unique and vast collection of authentic RAF pilots gear covering the whole 100-year history of the RAF.

Additional information
  • We suggest you bring the following equipment:
    • Camera (DSLR, mirrorless or equivalent camera)
    • Wide angle lens
    • Additional lens up to 200mm
    • Tripod
    • Flash guns
    • Memory cards
    • Spare battery
  • Also bring suitable clothing, including clothing for wet weather, along with suitable protective gear for shooting in the rain as the photography will occasionally take place outdoors.
  • The aircrafts will be in their usual Museum settings and you will be required to move between different setting. Please wear suitable footwear and inform us about medical conditions when booking your tickets.
  • The event will still go ahead in wet weather. If the weather is deemed to be unsuitable, we will communicate this decision via email and will offer an alternative date.
  • The event is for 16 and overs only
  • All ticket holders must attend the safety briefing before the event, you will not be able to participate in the shoot without attending the briefing
  • Lunch is provided, please choose your meal option when buying your tickets and notify us of any dietary requirements when booking your tickets
  • The Museum will be open to the public from 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Opening times for Shop and Refuel Café (in the Visitor Centre) are 10.00am – 4.30pm

Covid-19 update

The event will be run in line with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health Bodies. A number of precautions will be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. These measures* include but are not limited to:

  • A Covid-19 cleaning programme throughout the site to control the likelihood of cross contamination.
  • Installation of hand sanitiser points throughout to the Museum in addition to the available hand washing facilities in toilets.
  • Additional members of staff, social distancing markers, queue management systems and or/ barriers to control the number of individuals in any area at all times.
  • Closed off areas or routes which we cannot effectively control.
  • Additional measures such as wearing face covering may be introduced in line with government guidance.

Find more information about the event and our measures to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 in our FAQs.

 * Measures may be subject to change

More information

For further details, please read our FAQs, for any questions not answered in the FAQs, please email whatson-cosford@rafmuseum.org.

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