Lightroom: Programmable patterned editing scripts for Develop

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I run a small digital vehicle inventory capture business (autovid.ca) with a handful of service reps. We visit dealerships and take photos of cars for sale and upload/complete the ad. All photos of used vehicles are 22 pics each. About 9 exterior and the rest interior, trunk, rim and features. There is a pattern to this. I have different exterior and interior scripts for the light room 6.3 processing of photos. I adjust accordingly as well.

I would love to be able to set a 22 photo sequence script that repeats every 22 photos. I would make all the manual adjustments for each photo from sequence 1-22 and save that script. Once I am happy with it I would like to just plug and play and have the repeated pattern script run through all photos. Each photo sequence would have slight adjustments in editing, crop etc.

Is this possible at all? It would save hours of unnecessary work every evening.

Thanks,

Lucas Stolarczyk
President & Founder
Lead Digital Services
T 519 830 4105
info@AutoVid.ca
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LR doesn't  have any concept of recording scripts of user actions, like Photoshop and other apps do.  Some alternatives to consider:

- Hire a contract programmer to write a plugin that takes the settings from the first 22 photos and reapplies them to each succeeding sequence of 22 photos.  To write a quick-and-dirty plugin might take an experienced LR SDK programmer perhaps three hours; doing something more robust, user friendly, and flexible might take perhaps 10 - 20 hours all in.

- Using a keystroke-macro facility like AutoHotkey on Windows, record a macro that invokes Photo > Develop Settings > Copy Settings, moves forward 22 photos in grid view, does Photo > Develop Settings > Paste Settings, moves backwards 21 photos, repeats 21 more times. You can usually get keystroke macros to work well enough, but they can be pretty fragile and, though they don't require programming skills, it does take a lot of attention to details to make them work -- fluency with computer apps is required and experience with scripting apps very helpful.
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Thanks for your answer. What should I expect to pay a experienced programmer by the hour?

Should be looking for a specific programmer that specializes in LR? - or just a programmer in general?
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Definitely look for a programmer already skilled in using the LR SDK. There aren't many of them, but you could post a query on the LR SDK forum: https://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom/lightroom_sdk/content?filterID=contentstatus%5Bpublishe...

I would guess that because there aren't many programmers with experience with the LR SDK, the asked hourly rates would vary quite a bit.