the Short-Run Publishing and
Family History Publishing Specialists

10 Techniques to Shoot “Picture Perfect” with Your Cell Phone’s Digital Camera

Ask any photographer and their advice will be Shoot with what you have... which is probably your cell phone. In the right hands, a recent smart phone camera takes just as nice of pictures as many digital point-and-shoot models, with the opportunity to upgrade every couple of years. Learn what to look for in a new camera phone, software and accessories to improve your shooting and techniques to improve photographic composition, lighting and practical research techniques you can use from the genealogical library to the graveyard. Shoot with what you have, and get the result you want!


Tom Underhill published his first book 20 years ago and started publishing books full-time two years later. Since 1999, Creative Continuum has specialized in publishing high-quality, short-run books, including family histories, memoirs, and photo and fine art books. During the last several years, Tom and his company produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 12.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,500 photographs.
Creative Continuum has published several award-winning books. Among them, The California Missions as Art won a Davey Award in 2007 for design. A History of African-American Families and Slaveholders in Cass County, East Texas was awarded the Best Genealogy in Texas in 2005.
Tom’s speaking experience includes most of Southern California’s family history fairs and other major genealogical conventions. He has also presented at the Utah Genealogical Association’s annual conferences. Tom presented at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations and at the 2005 FGS annual convention in Salt Lake City.
Tom is the author of thirteen books.
Tom has been quoted in a number of publications including the the Deseret News, Hartford Courant and the Dallas Morning News.
In 2007, Creative Continuum was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Award.


The Littlest Tree in the Forest is a 28-page, 7.75"x10" book with paperback binding published in 2005.



California Libraries 2004 Calendar is a 28-page, 11"x8.5" book with spiral bound calendar binding published in 2003.



My Kids Cant Cook Book is a 164-page, 6"x8" book with wire-O with wrap-around cover binding published in 2005.



Make Your Photos Really Zing! is a 68-page, 7"x10" book with wire-O wrap-around cover workbook with online data binding published in 2004.



Bells Rest in Peace is a 64-page, 9"x9" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2010.



As Time Goes By is a 414-page, 6"x9" book with paperback binding published in 2009.



Orange Family History Fair 2005 Syllabus is a 144-page, 8.5"x11" book with paperback binding published in 2005.



The Adventures of James: A Trip to the Oncologist is a 42-page, 5.5"x4.75" book with paperback binding published in 2006.



Tibbetts Talk is a 384-page, 8"x10" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2000.



Between Two Adversaries is a 156-page, 7"x9.5" book with paperback with dust jacket flaps binding published in 2002.