What to look out for in indoor restaurant photography?
You have a couple of options. One is to gel the flash, probably a half-cut to a full-cut CTO given the amount of tungsten lamps in the link you provided. You could also leave the flash ungelled and dial your shutter speed to whatever the sync speed of your camera is (mine is 1/200 of a second). Then, using the aperture, ISO, and power of your flash, bounce light off the ceiling or walls back at your subject. You can also use the focal length setting in your flash to control the amount of spread you get off of the bounced surface. In this case you are replacing the light that is already in the room with your own light.
If you do bounce the light off of a wall or ceiling, make sure to take into account the color of the bounced surface. Make adjustments to the white color balance appropriately.
If you do decide to use a diffusor (the little plastic thing that sits on the end of the flash), I'd gel it first. As for getting pictures of speakers far away, while a good 70-200 will help you get the shot, unless you've already set up lighting close to the podium, try and use ambient light. You will probably have to jack to ISO up to 3200 or 6400.
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