From the digital photography school, 10 tips on How to Photograph a Conference:
- Bring extra batteries, memory cards, your cables, and chargers
- Get out of auto mode.
- Be unobtrusive. Casual shots are better.
- Pay attention to the background
- Try not to use the flash
- Pay attention to the lighting
- Set the white balance
- More is better
- Zoom less, walk more
- Have fun
Of particular interest:
I’m often asked “wow how did you get that shot!?!”. I have a simple answer: luck and taking lots of shots. Really. One of the best pieces of advice I was given when I got a DSLR was to shoot at least three pictures per shot. Why? Because people blink, glance away, etc. By shooting more and shooting rapidly you significantly increase the chances you’ll get “the shot”. I know that shooting lots of shots is harder with a point and shoot but trying is good.