I am going to see John Mccain speak Thursday in a small restaurant in SC the light will be pretty good so I will take my 70-200f4 L iS . and I do not want to use flash as I only have built in on XT. I am not used to taking pics of people .
Any tips ?
I thought this was a beginners area. Come on no advice .
Go early. Scout out some spots that you think will make good photos. Get a friend at each of the locations. Remember that when the room fills, some of those positions will end up having their sight lines compromised. Having someone in the spot you want makes it easier to find it again, and easier to get into (your friend can essentially step out of the spot when you show up.
Think about what sort of shot you want in advance. Do you want it to just be him (with a blurred background of people)? Do you want to capture the lights and cameras in the shot? Depending on what you want for the shot, you can pick the spots.
Taking a cue from the Paparazzi, if you want him to look straight at you, think of something to yell out that will get his attention. "Senator McCain! Over here!" probably won't do it.