Aviation Photography Workshop: Reenactment

20 November 2022


We have teamed up with Chappers Photography and ‘Up an’ at Em! History’ to offer a unique, hands-on aviation reenactment photography event. In this practical photography workshop, you will receive tuition on how best to capture reenactors and aircraft together. You will also be able to explore how to set up your own shots and create some authentic historical scenes around the museum. Attendees can expect to learn more about the subtle aspects of portrait, location and aviation photography.

The workshop will start at 11.30am, your day will begin with informative photography theory focusing on how to capture people and aircraft together. You will then test out some of this knowledge using the incredible collection of aircraft and exhibits as your subjects. We will start with our Second World War Aircraft where our appropriately and authentically dressed reenactors will create some scenes around some of the iconic WW2 aircraft in hangars 3,4 and 5 including the Avro Lancaster and Battle of Britain Spitfire and Hurricane.

You will then spend some time learning how to photograph some of our iconic Cold War aircraft as our reenactors change into some 1950s and 1960s period flying gear to pose in front of the legendary Cold War Jets within the collection. You will even get the chance to step across the barriers and take close-up shots of some of the amazing collection as our reenactors ‘prepare the aircraft for flight’.

After lunch you will be able to recreate some of the famous images of the RAF in the 1980s and 90s. Our reenactors will pose with some of our high-performance jets including the Tornado and Buccaneer in authentic gear from the Falklands to the Gulf Wars.

For a grand finale, you will be allowed exclusive afterhours access between 5.00pm and 5.45pm to our unrivalled collection of First World War aircraft, You will then have photo shoot opportunities around our impressive BE2c, Sopwith Triplane and other early aircraft flown by the pioneers of aviation over 100 years ago. Our reenactors will once again be on hand with appropriate gear. Here, after the general public have gone home, you will have a fantastic opportunity to capture authentic scenes from the early days of the RAF and the Royal Flying Corps.

Event Timings:

11:00am: Arrival, briefing and welcome

11.30am: Course Start

12.30am: Museum photography – Hangers 3, 4 and 5 – WW2 aircraft with reenactors

1:15pm: Q&A from the practice

1:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm – Course resumes in Hangers 3, 4 and 5 – Cold War re-enactment

3:45pm: Break / Shop visit

4:30pm: Course resumes in Hangar Six – 1980s and 1990s re-enactment

5.00pm: Exclusive out of hours access in Hangar 2 – World War One

5.45pm: End of course


Tickets cost £75.00 per person (including lunch and car parking in the Museum).  Places are limited to 20 per day and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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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. This will also be a great opportunity for anyone who has attended one of our previous courses to build on their skills. This hands-on course will give you the chance to learn, plan, execute and develop as a historical re-enactment aviation photographer.

Please note…

Only ticket holders will be able to gain access to the workshop

The event is for age 16 and overs only

You must bring your own camera (any type and model of camera is acceptable)

In addition, you may benefit from bringing the following if you have it:

Wide angle lens

Additional lens up to 200mm


Flash guns

Memory cards

Spare battery

The photography will be indoors, but we may need to move outside during the day, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Lunch is provided (we will provide catering options and any dietary requirements closer to the event).

The aircraft will be in their usual Museum settings


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 the major UK air shows over the last few years.

He has recently released five 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’. 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. Their founder Jed Jaggard is also about to publish his first book on ‘RAF Kit Through the Ages’ – he takes pride in always wearing the correct kit for each scene and his attention to detail is second to none.


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