This photo, from AU 2006, demonstrates one of Tris Hussey's 10 conference photo tips:
5. Try not to use the flash
Of the hundreds of photos I've taken at conferences it's usually the off-beat images, even if technically flawed, that are memorable.
If you were at Autodesk University 2006 I suspect you remember the hordes on the escalators. Although nothing to do with the conference content I think this image captures the scale and, especially for first timers, overwhelming nature of the event. This is a hand held ambient light shot, using the rail as a support, taken in the rush between sessions. Below, for comparison, the same subject using the flash.
Since then a revised schedule, with offset sessions, has meant this photo opportunity is largely avoided!
If you're going to AU take loads of photos and post them for me to see!
How to Photograph a Conference - 10 Tips
There are two things that are pretty common at almost every conference I attend: laptops and cameras. However the quality of pictures captured and posted from a given conference vary wildly. Very wildly. To help you out I’ve compiled my top 10 tips for better conference pictures (and a few other words of wisdom too).