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If the audio you are trying to capture is at those tables simultaneously I think it will be very difficult to get it all without background noise from a camera mounted shotgun. If you can mount that shotgun on a boom pole and have a “helper” position it downward above the heads of the people at the table, I think that would probably help. If you need a wide shot though, you’ll most likely get the boom operator in the shot – and that is no good. Could you selectively focus in on one table at a time with the operator running around from table to table and then mix it with some wider shots with the boom person out of sight? If you are using 2 cameras and you have one instructor, you might be able to make one camera the primary with the shotgun directed toward the speaker and the second camera get table shots with audio from the boom.