Lightroom: Intelligent batch cropping (crop based on face detection)

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For Adobe Lightroom. I have a feature request.
I have used cardPresso for ID card creation. They have a cool feature and from that I got this idea for Lightroom.
I would love to have automated batch cropping for single person portrait photography.
I use Lightroom for school photography (among other things) and regularly have to crop hundreds of portraits to look the same. I would love to crop one, set some eye nose mouth anchor points and have LR batch the rest. This would save me tons of time and I would be glad to pay more for it.
I have used LR since day one and you have added my feature requests in the past, I appreciate that. Thank you for keeping LR a non CC product.
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Jason Youn

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Here is some software that does something like what I would love LR to do.
http://idphotocapture.com/products/id...
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Peter Ronaszeki

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hi Jason,
I agree it would be fab to have batch crop in LR. I also think it would be great to be able to upload metadata into LR then shoot tethered and match data with students. ;-) I'm searching for a software for a long time now, but only found the big once who are charging a lot. They don't think of small (1 person) school photographers who only does a few school a year. Can I ask you what software do you use shooting ans shorting beside of LR?
Thnks: Peter
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Peter,

I use LR for the bulk of my high volume work. The other thing I have is software to take metadata from a given set of jpg files and then extract that and arrange it all in a spread sheet.
Basically I can make a PSPA CD from a folder that has jpg files in it.

This software was custom made for me by a friend and is not yet for sale.
I am surprised LR cannot make a spread sheet that goes along with a bulk export of jpgs that has whatever data the exporter needs.

I know what you mean about the expensive stuff. I would gladly pay double for LR if it had just a few more simple features. Another thing I would like to see LR have is a bulk print plug in. Basically I would like to hit go and have LR recognize package A, B C, etc, the print out those packages from an entire school of kids.

I print my images in-house and use the LR print module for that.

What part of the country are you located?
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Hi Jason,

thanks for your reply. I agree, I would be happy to pay more for LR if there was a bit more "school photographer" bits in it. I don't really know if LR allow users to export metadata, to be honest, never tried it.

My ideal LR would allow me to import metadata (students names, year group, class, school etc) and on location I could just find the name, start taking pics, then the ap. just matches data with the images. This would save me tons of times! ;-)

I even contacted a few LR gurus about a custom made plug-in and finally, the 3rd person was ready to do it, but... went down on the bar-code avenue (which, in my opinion isn't the easiest way) and asked a lot (for me at least). So, it didn't work.

For printing, I use a local lab, and have to send images and order list separately.

I'm based in Europe, not in the States. ;-) What about you?
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That barcode thing would be cool for sure. I am in Phoenix Arizona USA.
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Hi Jason,
I think the bar-code is ok, but you have to prepare the little prints, take pics of each of them or scan them before each child. In my view, having all data on file, in the laptop, it makes sense to just locate the name, "klick" on it and start taking photographs. For this kind of Ap I'm looking for a long time now, LR and Aperture before that. Even Bridge, I wouldn't mind just make it work. Do you think your software developer friend could look into it? I think there's a whole forgotten market out here (there) who are not in the shoes of the big fish companies who're employing dozens of photographers and taking trillion of portraits each day.
I'm happy I found someone who think the same way as I do. ;-)
Will be back tomorrow (it's night here now.;-) by for now.
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There is this tool called - Face Crop Jet it can detect and crop faces from photos in bulk.The software is intelligent and supports photos of any format or size.You get facial area that is ready for id cards.You can download it from http://facecropjet.com/ note that it costs $50,but it has a demo version.

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I work with school photos and tested the Face Crop Jet that Steve suggests(thanks steve). 
Its full auto , you can't open more de square of the face , but is quite precise. 
But pictures that the head is more leaning(sorry for my bad english) , some crops wierd with a red strip . 
I hope that lightroom in some ocassion puts that feature inside.  
Today I crop for my school products and for the id Card(that is more close) . 
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Hi, I just tried Face Crop Jet myself.The software looks good to me.I could not reproduce the red strip problem you mentioned.On what type of images you get this? Also can you please tell me what you mean by this statement 'But pictures that the head is more leaning
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sorry , I'm from Brasil . 
I take portrait pictures of students. Because of that my photos are not always face-front, like id-photos. Some the face of the subject is not always centered. 
If this sofware , like others that I tested have a function to open more the square of the face detection , that will help a bit.