Corporate Photography - Photographing Lectures

Recently, I had someone ask me how I get different pictures every time I photograph a lecture at the Corcoran.  The lectures are held mostly in a semi-circle shaped auditorium, that isn't lit particularly well for photos.   

Each of the people who come to speak at The Corcoran have different mannerisms, and ways of interacting with the audience.  The images from the last event I shot are the perfect example of how subtle differences in each speaker or presentation can make for completely different pictures.  At these events, the best pictures usually come at the beginning and end of the lecture when the lights are all up, and the speakers are interacting with the audience.  I always keep my eyes out for pictures at other times during the evening.  The images below were shot when the lecturer, Rick Valicenti, was standing in a mis-aligned spot light.