I covered F8, the Facebook Developer Conference, for Fast Company and got to see a bit of the FB community culture IRL. That’s “in real life” for all you non-webspeak-savvy folks reading this.
The layout in the magazine was phenomenal, especially considering the limitations on shooting Zuck’s keynote. While I was free to roam the rest of the conference, I could only shoot the keynote from non-reserved seats in the audience and I couldn’t move at all during the presentation. I was absurdly lucky to snag an aisle seat several rows back, and though I was woefully under-lens’d and had to fight with all the idiots recording the whole thing with their ipads and such, which blocked my line of sight (seriously, don’t do that) I still managed to pull a few tricks out of my bag and even got a frame or two where Zuckerberg appeared to be looking at the camera. The event was huge and redolent of all the trappings of dot com opulence. Sushi lunches, dope goodie bags (stylish backpacks, actually), virtual reality funtimes stations… This audience member is checking Facebook, natch. In case you were wondering, the pink is in-camera.