It's almost July 4th, and Americans will be spending an estimated $209 million on their fireworks this year.
That's a lot of cash for some bright lights that disappear almost as fast as they appear, so how do you get your money's worth?
With a camera we mean.
Photographing fireworks takes some special knowledge, but it's not nearly as hard as it looks.
I've been shooting weddings, family portraits, newspaper photos, and of course my own kid for the past decade. Here are four tips to get great Fourth photos: