Lightroom: Facial Recognition for use in school yearbook cropping

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I LOVE the new liquify face recognition. Now that we have that, I'm thinking a plug in for Lightroom is in order! We do school photography and have to have all the students the same size and cropping. This takes FOREVER.... So if we instructed Lightroom to identify the facial structure of each student, then make all faces the same size and chin hit at the same place, then mark any pics that that lightroom couldnt map properly, that would make our job much, much easier. It would turn hours of work into an action and a quick lookover afterwards!
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That's an excellent suggestion for Adobe. But I have another. We photographers do things differently. For example, passport photos are required to have the face and shoulders (a USA requirement) and face and chest (a Canadian requirement). So like a drivers license, we have a subject stand at a line, take their picture right at the sweet spot.  That way, we don't need to fuss over it 8 times with Photoshop. As Photographers we can do wonders with Photoshop but its not allowed in either Country as Photoshop photos have a fine and punishment.  Both countries will reject Photoshop photos as it is prohibited for passport photos (and drivers licenses in both Countries). Asd a photographer in high school (45 years ago) I remember our requirements were to take a photo in the same way as a drivers license. That way, al photos were the same. Thatr's much easier than Photoshop.  Photography studios had the same subject top camera distance required for school photos.  You might adapt to the same rules, and this rule applies still today. On the other hand if you are taking photos with your phone, stop it.  Phone photos don't give the same output of a finely ground 35mm camera lens, even if there is a lens for a cell phone camera.  Real cameras take real photos for real schools with a real photographer.  I am sure you are a real photographer, but rules for schools apply like the other face to should to chest photos.  Photoshop can crop those photos but they all look doctored or institutional-plain. You'll get much better results without trying hard with Photoshop, because Photoshop makes photos better, but if you have the right shot, there's no need to edit.  Use a real camera at the required distance. Scan or save them to a file.