Younger family members can now serve as shutterbugs on family vacations

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Seven-year-old Shelby Langford loves taking pictures of her dog, Buddy, and the cow on the family farm, and her siblings. (KFSN)

Seven-year-old Shelby Langford loves taking pictures of her dog, Buddy, and the cow on the family farm, and her siblings. Her mom, Marisa, said Shelby and her sisters have quite the eye.

"When we go on vacations and different places it's really fun to see what they create."

They use gear found around the house.

"For us, iPhones make it really easy to shoot and then edit," said Marisa.

Experts said any major brand smartphone camera is a game changer when it comes to getting the 'littles' snapping shots. One professional photographer also shares photo-taking tips in seminars, books, and a television series.

"We really made that show for moms, but kids got so into watching it and now no matter where I go, I have three and four-year-olds come up to me who want to show me the photos that they're taking," said Me Ra Koh, The Photo Mom.

Summer camps even offer camera classes for children and there are online lessons too.

"Let them learn the basics and run with that," said Koh.

Worried they will drop the camera phone? Devices like Pixl Play put the device in a protected case that resembles a 35 millimeter model. And there are kid-proof cameras that don't require a phone at all. But most kids will tell you part of the fun is having the apps that make it so easy to take a regular picture and make it frame-worthy.

"The Instagram editing feature and another app called Colorsplash," said Blaze Tausend, young photographer.

No matter their age, experts suggest printing your kid's favorite photos, to encourage the hobby. It's also a good way to get parents in the picture for once.

"I'll even see the vacation through their eyes, which is really cool," said Marisa.

Parents and professional photographers also suggest taking things up a notch by encouraging kids to edit videos once they master the photography side. Some kids even use their editing skills for school projects.

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