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Daryl Benson Graduated Reverse Neutral Density Filters

Daryl Benson reverse graduated filters – in neutral and orange density – were pioneered by Singh-­Ray to solve a common lighting challenge for landscape photographers.


Unlike our Rowell grads, these filters are darkest in the center, clear on the bottom and transition from dark to light above the horizon. That makes them ideal to use during sunrises and sunsets with flat or defined horizons, such as the seashore, prairie or desert.


Typically, these scenes feature a bright horizon, dark foreground and medium-­bright sky above the horizon. When you position the Benson grad with the darkest density on the horizon line, it will hold back the bright horizon, lighten the foreground through the clear portion of the filter and add a subtle gradation of brightness to the sky – all in a single exposure and without hours of post processing.

“Singh-Ray’s reverse grad solves a contrast challenge often faced by those of us who love to shoot sunrise and sunset scenes. These scenes rarely look ‘real’ to me in HDR. They do with this filter. With a little practice, you’ll be able to reduce and balance the contrast range to a level that can be captured in one exposure, with dramatic, natural results.” SCOTT SCHILLING


  • These grads are for sunset and sunrise scenes with flat or defined horizons, such as seascapes and prairies.
  • Wide-angle lens will deliver a more pronounced and noticeable graduation than longer focal lengths (50mm+).
  • Meter the foreground and then the sky above the horizon. Use the filter density (1-­4 stops) that is within one stop of the spread (for example, try the 3-stop filter if the exposure difference between foreground and sky is 4 stops). Set exposure in manual mode before moving the filter into position.
  • These filters can be stacked together up to a maximum of four (4) stops of density, without sacrificing color fidelity. Many photographers also stack them with our Rowell ND grads.
  • They are available in a variety of sizes, including those for P and X-Pro filter holders.
  • Handholding these filters has become increasingly popular because it’s faster, there’s less gear to carry and it reduces the chance of vignetting (it’s usually the filter holder that results in vignetting).
  • If handholding, consider a larger filter size, such as 4×6, which is easier to handle and reduces the possibility of including a fingertip or filter edge in your image.
  • Practice!
Filter size 100mm 150mm
Weight 35 grs 70grs
Diamension 100x150x2mm 150x170x2mm
Holder Size 100mm 150mm
Density  from 2 - 4 stops
Brand Singh-Ray
Filter type Schott Resin GND filter