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

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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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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!
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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
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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 ...
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Another real estate photographer here wishing for HDR batch processing in Lightroom.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.)
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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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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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Alex Hale

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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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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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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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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 :-\
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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.
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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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Batch HDR please. Tks.
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+1 for Batch HDR Merging - it's essential for Timelapse shooters!
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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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exactly the same situation here ;)
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Leonardo Praga

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Yes..... pls we need batch processing
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Kevin Frenzel

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Same boat here as well.
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Joao Vis

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Same boat!
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CPHARRIS

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Exactly! Please help us!
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With HDR in Lightroom I switched completely from other HDR software to LR. I assigned a button on my ShuttleExpress to Ctrl+Shift+H and so it works well, though batch processing is very much needed. I am constantly checking updates, hoping that it will come to CC. Hope it will soon enough.
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Process of merging RAW Photos in LR is best quality. The fact that there is no batch workflow cost me >20h a month... Sitting here the whole day klicking Ctrl+Shift+H makes me crazy...

Hopefully one of the developers catches up the topic. This can't be so complicated to get it into the next LR update... Thanks!
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i agree with you.... it takes a lot of time, and i hope adobe will hear us...
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Patience My Friends,
One day Adobe will hear our cries for batching. In the mean time I process about 80% in Photomatix, the other 20% (not acceptable in Photomatix) I process in LR 2015 CC
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i hope adobe will hear us....
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I totally agree - a batch function would be essential for my work. I may finally be able to get rid of Photomatix, then!

Essentially, they just need to add an option to the "HDR Merge Preview" window that says "process each subsequent set of X images with these settings" and then let it run.
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Oh, yes we need batch HDR!! It should also stack the created dng with original photos and move it to the top of the stack!
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I agree that Lightroom needs a batch mode for HDR.

I really like the method that LR Enfuse uses - putting the bracketed exposures in a stack - as a way to execute the batch. I would simply use that, but the results from LR HDR just look better.

For a program that is all about getting through hundreds of photos quickly, I really can't figure out why this feature was ever released as a one-by-one implementation.
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+1 indeed. Let us autostack by capture time, then process all (selected ) stacks!
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As a partial workaround to speed up your workflow, put each set of photos to be merged into a stack, and collapse the stack. Select the top photo of the stack and do Shift + Ctrl + H to start the merge with the previous settings. You can then start additional merges the same way, running at the same time. (Normally, when you apply a LR command to the top photo of a collapsed stack, it applies to just the top photo. But Photo > Photo Merge is an exception.)

This isn't as useful as what many are asking for in this thread, but it has helped many to speed their work.
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Yeah, this works great!! I do this every day, but when I do 5+ at the same time the entire computer becomes a slug :)

Just adding a queue function would be perfect. So only 2-3 are generated at a time.
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We still need a real batch function. Shift + Ctrl + H is only good enough for a few photos...
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Agreed, just as I wrote.
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Couldn't agree more. The HDR is so good, the lack of batch is infuriating. Just responding to keep this thread busy. The more we grumble, the more noticeable we are, right?
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It would be nice if stacks were treated like this throughout LR and not just with the HDR option. 
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I can do nothing but concur - LR doing everything in parallel is total stupidity, do Adobe really expect people to sit in front of the computer to wait for an op to finish, then manually start the next? We need a batch-queue mode that appends operations and processes them one after the other ... not limited to hdr/pano, but for export, too.
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I know right. There is so much I could rather do while Lightroom is batch processing my HDR files. 20-60 HDR files a day takes alot of effort infront of Lightroom ATM.

PLEASE. Hear our pleads!! Save hours of mindless junk work.
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Hi colleagues. Got link to this thread at Adobe Forums. Here is my original post from there:

I'm using LR Classic for merging HDR DNGs from multiple RAW files (for commercial interior photography, landscape photography etc.) and current tools consume to much of my time for simple tasks. It's not a question of engine performance - it's a question of how it works. Let me explain in detail:

 1) Auto Stack by Capture Time - does not work well because the total exposure time may vary greatly and "Time between stacks" isn't reliable for stacking because of it. It can take the camera 1 second or even less to capture all 5 frames in a 3EV bracketing (1/8000s + 1/1000s + 1/125s + 1/15s + 1/2s), or it can take 90 seconds and more when I do bracketing in low light, while shooting evening landscape or interior using low ISO. With current version of LR Classic I can't simply ask the app to "stack HDR exposures" and need to do it by myself, losing tons of time. I think a feature like "Auto Stack by time between captures" needs to be added and it has to use the time it took the camera to do the capture based on EXIF data. If the time was <1s (including exposure time in EXIF) than it means the photographer used HDR mode or continuous drive mode. I mean that if the 1st frame was taken on 18:55:01 (1/125s) next one on 18:55:01 (1/15s), next one on 18:55:02 (1/2s), next one on 18:55:03 (4s) and the last one on 18:56:07 (60s) they all need to stack together because it was one HDR 5x3EV capture. The LR engine has to include exposure time together with time between captures for stacking. This also definitely will help when stacking reportage photos when I used fast continuous drive mode like 10-20-30-60FPS on my Sony A7R3 and A9 or my Olympus EM-1 Mark II and there can be more improvements in future LR versions for reportage photographers to help them faster cull series.


2) HDR merging - I often use the Ctrl+Shift+H shortcut to merge a stack to HDR. The problem is that there is no delayed queue and the merging process starts immediately. This slows even my powerful desktop PC, and on my MacBook Pro results a great slowdown. Right now I do need to select every stack by myself and press the shortcut to start merging - when the CPU is overloaded with merging even the selection with the mouse works really slow, and I have to spend lot of time simply sitting with the computer and pressing, pressing and pressing the shortcut, waiting few seconds every time because the system is overloaded with calculations. My idea is that it would be great to have an option to add all merges to a queue and later execute it when I do not need my computer. Also an option "Merge all stacks to HDR" would be great. This also applies to panorama merging - batch/queue and sending all stacks to merging will improve photographers performance. For most of photographers merging a lot of work into a big batch, starting it and leaving a computer calculating for few hours is better then siting in front of the display with sluggish interface when the computer is overloaded with rendering.

 

P.S. Options like "Automatically create Smart Preview for merged photos" and "Automatically create 1:1 preview for merged photos" would be great too.

 

BTW, most things in LR could benefit from a batch/queue feature. If somebody in Adobe is interested in a feedback from users who use LR for working with hundreds of thousands of photos every month you can contact me for detailed explanation :-)