About Thom Hogan

He's done a little bit of everything...some of it well.

Thom in Patagonia

Thom Hogan's resume reads like a random walk, albeit an interesting one. Author of over two dozen books (see right column) that combined have sold over a million copies worldwide, Thom also had a career at the forefront of a number of high tech startups. That's included companies that:

  • Created the first mass-produced portable computer (Osborne Computer; Thom was Director of Software).
  • Developed the first complete pen-based operating system built entirely from scratch and completely object-oriented to its core (GO's Penpoint; Thom was Senior Evangelist).
  • Designed the first consumer digital camera (QuickCam; Thom was Business Unit Manager).
  • Developed the first table publishing program (Tycho TableMaker; Thom was the founder and product designer, and headed up marketing and sales).

Along the way, Thom has been a professional symphony musician (Spokane Symphony), a television director/producer (KWSU, KTIU), a filmmaker, a university instructor (filmmaking and television production at Indiana University), the lead editor of several publications (including Infoworld), and even worked on a feature film ("The George Dunlap Tape," which eventually became "Brainstorm").

A frequent traveler, Thom spends much of his time photographing the wilds and teaching photography workshops in some of America's most interesting outdoor locales. Thom is a former board member of the American Hiking Society and a frequent contributor to environmental causes. Some of his travels are documented here on the site (hint: click on the Travel tab at the top of the display).

Thom's most recent "real job" (as his dad would call it) was a three-year stint as Executive Editor of BACKPACKER magazine. While he loves what he's doing and continues to crank out new Nikon books and materials, Thom says he'd consider another real job if it involved another "big thing."


Magazine Writing

(in chronological order):

  • Infoworld (column)
  • Microcomputing
  • Kilobaud
  • Creative Computing
  • Portable Companion (column)
  • A+ (column)
  • Business Software (columns)
  • Macworld (column)
  • MacUser (columns)
  • Backpacker (column)
  • digitalFOTO
  • T3
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • MacHome
  • ...many more

(in chronological order)

  • Filmmaker's Guide to Washington State (Dept. of Interior, State of Washington).
  • Visualization (Indiana University). Out of print.
  • CP/M User's Guide (Osborne/McGraw-Hill).
  • Discover Forth (Osborne/McGraw-Hill). Out of print.
  • Infoworld's Guide to the Apple II (Random House). Out of print.
  • C Programmer's Reference (Prentice Hall). Out of print.
  • Taming MS-DOS (M&T Books). Out of print.
  • Programmer's PC Sourcebook (Microsoft Press).
  • MS-DOS Encyclopedia (Microsoft Press, co-author).
  • Programmer's Mac Sourcebook (Microsoft Press). Out of print.
  • Programming the Macintosh in C (Microsoft Press, with co-author Kurt Matthies).
  • The Nikon Field Guide (Silver Pixel Press). Out of print. For much more information on the Nikon Field Guide, click here.
  • The Nikon Flash Guide (Silver Pixel Press).
  • Complete Guides to numerous Nikon and Nikon related Digital SLRs (byThom Press): Nikon N65, N75, N80, F100, F5, F6, D1/D1h/D1x, D2h/D2hs, D2x/D2x, D3, D40/D40x, D50, D60, D70/D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D5000, Fujifilm S2, and Fujifilm S5.

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