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71 Messages

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3.4K Points

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 6:04 PM

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Lightroom: Ability to batch process Photo Merge (HDR and panorama)

Now that we have HDR inside Lightroom, with virtually no user input, the next step is surely a batch facility for a folder full of bracketed images.
Please!!!!

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Official Solution

Employee

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628 Messages

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11.5K Points

6 years ago

If you hold down the Shift key, you can start HDR merges in "headless" mode, i.e., the "HDR..." menu option will become "HDR" and then it will kick off a HDR merge without bringing up the Preview dialog. You still have to manually select which images to merge, but this is a faster way to proceed without having to thru the Merge Preview dialog. Note that if you kick off many merges, this will be very processor intensive and Lr may slow down a lot ...

14 Messages

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376 Points

I've been doing this, and it helps (SHIFT+ALT+M); however, I cannot seem to run more than 2 merges at a time and they run together -- not queued. If ACR/LR would allow this same action to happen in a proper queue, it would be perfect.

418 Messages

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7.8K Points

Exactly! I've been saying for years --> LR needs a job queue. Not a million jobs in parallel, but 1-3 jobs in parallel in a serial queue that you can reprioritize and set a start time, max-cpu usage, PAUSE, etc.

14 Messages

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376 Points

Hey Eric, I'm responding to this simply to pester you to keep your eyes on this thread :) We're all losing hours of our lives using Camera RAW's amazing HDR capabilities without a batch function. When will the madness end?

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122 Points

Still no batch HDR merge?  How long will it take me to press Shift-Ctrl-H 800 times while only being able to run 8 consecutive processes concurrently?

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

This would be an INCREDIBLE time saver.... Please consider this as a top upcoming feature.

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114 Points

i really need this option. would indeed save lotsssss of time

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114 Points

Hi Eric!! LR's HDR is excellent and would be even more so if batch processing was available. Shooting Real estate and Interiors, I need it daily and any extra free time slots in my workflow are welcome, especially if I can get in another shoot because of it. Thanks for your consideration!

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100 Points

I would be happy to donate my own time into the UX/UI to help get this rolling!
PLEASE  make HDR BATCHING a thing!

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90 Points

Eric, I do real estate photography, and have started to do HDR's due to the demand and the higher quality look. I love the natural look that lightroom is able to achieve, but this is taking SO LONG. Even if I could queue up all the HDR's and then walk away that would be so much better. I have a very powerful machine, so that is not an issue. But even if it processed each HDR one at a time in a queue, that would help tremendously. Please keep this in mind moving forward with lightroom. 

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90 Points

Eric, I do real estate photography, and have started to do HDR's due to the demand and the higher quality look. I love the natural look that lightroom is able to achieve, but this is taking SO LONG. Even if I could queue up all the HDR's and then walk away that would be so much better. I have a very powerful machine, so that is not an issue. But even if it processed each HDR one at a time in a queue, that would help tremendously. Please keep this in mind moving forward with lightroom. 

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112 Points

Hi Eric, similar to Glenn Pearson I also work the field of estate & interior photography. Therefore, to deal with and overcome the limitation of the dynamic range most shots are bracketed. The new feature of 'photo-merging HDR' in Lr is working awesome. I prefer it over the merge-quality of the Enfuse-plugin. Yet the fact remains that although the merge feature in Lr  is a great addition, batch processing truly is a missing feature. I prefer not to work outside the UI of Lr (except for Ps) but feel the need for Enfuse because it simply handles the files better at the current development stage of Lr. Enfuse is capable to automatically find bracketed series within a watch folder and create HDR of the automatically created stacks, not simultaneously of course. But I can kickoff the process and return later and have all stacks merged into HDR's. I truly hope that this will become an added feature in an already stellar program.

9 Messages

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250 Points

I'm in the same boat, I have 16,000 images from Nepal taken over 3 weeks. Everything is HDR (3 shots) and building them manually is costly, to massively understate it.

Batch process and sequential building (instead of parallel) would free up a lot of peoples lives.

418 Messages

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7.8K Points

User selects a range of images. Command HDR Batch. Walk away. LR starts with image[0] and looks at subsequent images for feature match. Doesn't have look too far around the image. Could check 4 regions at the perimeter and simple LMS. Add images to HDR queue and move to the next photo that didn't have a feature match. 

There absolutely needs to be a [HDR] tag visible on the DNG thumbnail and preview info overlay that's created. Same with [PANO].

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100 Points

Another real estate photographer here wishing for HDR batch processing in Lightroom.

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116 Points

Real estate photographer here. Please bring batch processing to Lightroom! I'm not thrilled with using Photomatix.. I wish I could just stay in LR for the entire workflow.

418 Messages

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7.8K Points

photomatix bites. I've used it before... LR results are so much more realistic. LR just needs to do a bit more with helping punch out the windows. The exposure is there and I shouldn't have to paint it out... I'd like that before batching, TBH.

42 Messages

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682 Points

Hy Eric, i agree with many other users ... a batch would be very usefull! I also spend a lot of time with my landscape images with braketing. The automatically stack-function (stack photos whitch are made in xxx seconds) in LR is very usefull, but create a HDR with every stack takes a lot of time.
This would be a grate and usefull extansion in LR.
I hope Adobe "hear" us!!!
LG
Johannes

1 Message

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82 Points

slightly faster, add in the hotkey for merge hdr (ctrl+h+shift) Saving me a lot of time. But yeah, c'mon... I just want to say merge every X (3,5,) images

Official Solution

Adobe Administrator

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8.6K Messages

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122.3K Points

a year ago

With the release of Lightroom Classic 8.4 the ability to batch process HDR and Pano images is  not now available. 

Enjoy!
Adobe Photography Products

Quality Engineering - Customer Advocacy

22 Messages

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354 Points

I'm assuming you mean "now available". This feature could be greatly improved for batch processing. If I have 50 brackets that I need to merge, do I really want to Stack all 50 manually? Can't Adobe create an option where all photos can selected for merging with a little popup asking how many photos per bracket and just automate the process from there? Other bracketing apps do this step automatically.

Champion

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3.2K Messages

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56.7K Points

You also asked this in a separate thread and I also answered it there, but for the sake of completeness: use auto-stacking by capture time. HDR series are usually shot with auto-bracketing, meaning that the capture time of each shot is very close to the capture time of the other shots. For panoramas this may be a little different, but it’s still worth a try too.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

17 Messages

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392 Points

6 years ago

I'm pretty sure the great plugin writing community will take care of that request...

Champion

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5.3K Messages

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95.7K Points

Unfortunately, the LR SDK doesn't provide the facilities to do that. Plugins could use keyboard-stuffing to simulate typing the commands, but that tends to be fragile and unreliable.

71 Messages

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3.4K Points

6 years ago

Well I can still dream. I've just spent ages doing a folder full of bracketed shots. None of them needed anything other than standard treatment. Batch would be great!

42 Messages

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682 Points

Hy Colin, i agree with you ... a batch would be very usefull! I also spend a lot of time with my landscape images with braketing. The automatically stack-function in LR is very usefull, but create a HDR with every stack takese a lot of time.
This would be a grate and usefull extansion in LR. I hope Adobe "hear" us!!!
LG
Johannes

2 Messages

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90 Points

6 years ago

Wow! So batch mode it is not I normally stack my brackets and color label them. I sorted by color and then went individually and hit Control+Shift+H and it started on them. you've got to do it one at a time so 30 times is still a pain but I like the HDR's better than LR/Enfuse

Champion

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788 Messages

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13.7K Points

6 years ago

I don't do too many HDR's as I find Lightrooms PV2012 to be able to edit 99% of my exposures but for those that do this on about every exposure a batch mode like LR/Enfuse does seems like a NECESSARY option.

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202 Points

6 years ago

HDR without batch processing makes the feature far less than usable in a high volume professional environment. None of the HDR software we use lacks Batch processing functionality.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone at Adobe actually uses their own software, or at least observes it being used by real professionals. (ie not the people on stage talking about photography, but the professional photographers out in the world actually 'doing' it.)

3 Messages

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228 Points

5 years ago

This is a must for shooting HDR time-lapse sequences. We need to be able to batch stack every ____ number of images and then apply the merge to HDR function to those stacks.

Until then I guess I'm still using photomatix.

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162 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM - Automate HDR Merge.

HDR Merge - It would be great to be able to stack similar images and run a process that merges all scripts automatically. There's too much wait time. I don't always have the same number of images to merge. If I could stack images I want to use and then use a script that says, "Find stacks", Merge all stacks in selection. I'd love to be able to walk away while that's running or multi-task.

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222 Points

5 years ago

Batch processes HDRs would greatly help speed up my workflow.
shooting realestate and business interiors I often shot 20 hdrs or more. so being able to merge them in a batch would be great.
Fingers crossed

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60 Points

I did the same thing the other night on two houses. I used the "headless" mode described above, but if I tried to many, it would try to do too many at a time and stall for a long time. At one point, I had to cancel job, then go back and see which ones still needed the HDR's done, because the tasks/processes list doesn't give you filenames or anything to differentiate one HDR task from another.

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114 Points

I'm with Alex! I primarily do Real estate and interiors as well and HDR batch processing would allow me to get in 1 or two extra shoots a day. A money maker and time saver!

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134 Points

You've gotta be kidding - you're saying you're a pro or at least very busy shooter, and take the time equivalent to 2 shoots to sit in front of LR and manually queue hdr ops? If that's the case, Adobe's customers are ready to accept everything before they use a 3rd party app like AutoPano and Adobe doesn't need to change anything :-\

12 Messages

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306 Points

Marsu42, do you use AutoPano a lot? Do you use it for real estate interiors? Just curios. I use it for Google business views and for my real estate stuff. Looking for someone using it the same way as I who know it better than I. I find Autopano amazing but tricky to use. I am just using Pro 3.7 haven't bitten the bullet and moved to giga 4.

7 Messages

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134 Points

I'm using it for nature shots, so the stellar deghosting really helps. For architecture, the other projection modes LR doesn't feature are often a lot better, I dunno about the difference 3->4, or how good free apps like Hugin compare. However other then open source software, the development of Autopano has stopped  when Kolor was sold. But you can still use their forum to get some help from other users - just don't expects the devs to reply. Well, we're used to the latter from Adobe :-p

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376 Points

5 years ago

I'm in the same camp as everyone here - especially Alex Hale, as my photography is in the same field. I'll end up babysitting my computer all day SHIFT+ALT+M, then deleting the NEF files and moving on each time I'm 'allowed' to.

It would be so much better if these were placed in a queue so that I could set it up and let it go without interaction.

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192 Points

5 years ago

Batch HDR please. Tks.

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242 Points

5 years ago

+1 for Batch HDR Merging - it's essential for Timelapse shooters!

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242 Points

5 years ago

I began using HDR back in 2009, specifically Photomatix. I have used HDR as part or all of my workflow for architectural and interior photography. I have tried every HDR merging product out there and have always gone back to Photomatix... until Lightroom HDR.

The new Lightroom HDR creates the most accurate, realistic blends I have ever seen. The results are amazingly accurate, especially because the merged file is a .dng and not a .tif. The control I have over the blended image is phenominal. I still have access to the color profiles and can white balance more accurately. I use it mainly for Interior photography and Twilight.

But even with the power the new Lightroom HDR possesses, on low budget Real Estate jobs, I find myself going back to Photomatix because I can batch process photography and not have to sit around to individually initiate each image blend!
In a crunch situation, Lightroom HDR takes way too to process.

Please add batching to this incredible new function of Lightroom. I have specific workflow ideas and would be happy to provide feedback.

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102 Points

Well put Marty, exactly the same thoughts here!

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114 Points

exactly the same situation here ;)

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150 Points

Yes..... pls we need batch processing

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82 Points

Same boat here as well.

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112 Points

Same boat!

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116 Points

Exactly! Please help us!

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152 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Photo Merge HDR - Major Workflow Improvements (Batch Mode, Smarter ....

I really like the DNG output file that Lightroom CC's new Photo Merge HDR generates but there are some improvements I would love to see added to the tool in order to make it a more viable solution than the LR/Enfuse Plugin.

For context, on any given day I will retouch 100 - 300+ high quality real estate & architecture photos per day and although quality is my highest priority, efficiency is extremely important to me and I've come across a few challenges with the new tool with what I think would be simple solutions. I have been testing the Photo Merge Tools since the day it has come out, I have been timing myself and comparing end products. After all this time I have gathered my feedback and I hope it proves valuable to the developers.

1. There's no batch mode. In LR/Enfuse all you have to do is select all of your stacks, hit Enfuse and it will automatically run through all of the stacks in the background. This is the number 1 feature I desperately want in Photo Merge's HDR. With a batch mode it allows me to open another property to prep the files or be working in Photoshop on other images while the batch is running.

2. The auto-align feature doesn't make sense. From what I've seen, the auto-align seems to average the pixels when the images have shifted. Because this new HDR feature and every other fusion app/plugin seems to slightly over-compensate I almost always selectively layer back the base exposure in Photoshop to bring back a more natural flow of light. With LR/Enfuse, the auto-align always aligns the exposures to the primary image in the stack. This makes re-layering possible without any ghosting or the need to manually align the spares once more.

3. Preview is slow and unnecessary. I don't understand why I have to wait an unreasonable amount of time to see the preview before I can click on the merge button. I do not know if this is the same for everyone's computer but mine takes an equal amount of time to generate the preview as it does to make the file. Essentially this doubles the amount of time I have to wait when I could be doing something productive. I do not find the preview to be necessary unless I am toggling the de-ghosting but otherwise I would like an option to just toggle preview on and off to avoid the extra waiting time.
**POST EDIT: I saw in another thread that holding down Shift will skip the preview step**

All in all, I love working with the DNG compared to a flattened 16bit TIFF that the other applications output. With some minor additions to Photo Merge HDR I would say that this will be one of the best blending applications out there for retouching real estate & architecture images. Batch mode! Please make a batch mode! :)