For impossible lighting situations like this... Black dog in the shadow of a girl wearing a brightly colored outfit in direct sunlight. Even fill flash isn't going to help you here. Let's say the 1st additional stop of DR is $50, the 2nd is an additional $100, the 3rd is $150 and so on.... meaning if you wanted a total of 4 additional stops of DR that would cost you $500. So..... how many would you buy (and you can assume whatever you want, clearly more DR on a 1Ds MKII is worth more than more DR on a Digi Rebel but for the sake of this thread you can ignore that) Gallery from which this image came http://www.prism.gatech.edu/~gtg243h/FamilyPics/index.html#20 These are "exerts" from the fall pictures I've been shooting just for my family (because I doubt they care about every single "Fall" picture I've taken). Most of these images are intended to have an orange / golden hue.