Automatic Bracket Stacking

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A feature to automatically stack photos before merging. The new HDR batch feature added in version 8.4 isn't useful from a time savings perspective. It actually introduces two extra steps to create a merged file, (first create the stack, then select all Stacks for the merge).

Why couldn't Adobe create an automated merge process where you simply select all photos you want merged and then define how many photos there are per bracket? It could then use that information to automatically create Stacks and perform the merge based on that. Other HDR programs do something similar automatically.
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Frank Jones

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pecohen

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I don't really like the idea of automatic merging, but I do like the idea of specifying a limit on the number of photos in a stack.  Let me explain.

I do like to review the stacks to make sure they are correct.  But often I take sets of three images using my camera's automatic bracket feature.  When I know that none of my bracketed images exceed three that is extra information a smart stacking feature could use in creating the stacks.  
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Frank Jones

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I find the HDR Merge feature in Adobe to be pretty consistent. So much so that I would trust this batch feature. I'm just not interested in hand assembling dozens of bracketed shots from a days worth of shooting to create each stack so that I can then batch process them automatically. It doesn't make sense to me. I'll probably just continue to use a third party tool to do this, but if Adobe wants to keep up with the competition they'll need to automate this process more.
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As you can stack on capture time, and as HDR sequences are usually shot in very quick succession, you can already stack HDR sequences this way.
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pecohen

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Yes you can but it works imperfectly, sometimes leaving out an image but more often including extra images and sometimes merging two or more bracketed sequences.  

It is a useful feature but it could be make more dependable by taking more information such into consideration.
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How do you stack at capture time? I do bracketing with my Nikons a lot and I've never seen an option to "stack" on capture.
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