Photoshop: Include local local brush adjustments in Lightroom export to Photoshop merge to HDR.

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I was hoping I could use local brush to help remove some ghosts for merging to HDR. I brushed the spots I didn't want considered to be near black, but when they go to PS merge to HDR the brushed areas are reverted.

This is because PS merge to HDR ghost removal sucks so bad it could never be seriously used. What I ended up doing is merging the selective areas I want from a good image into the HDR final output using PS and layers. It would be nice if I could accomplish the same thing from within LR with a local brush adjustment.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi David,

Painting things black doesn't cause things to be ignored by the Merge to HDR algorithm, it just throws it off. Basically, editing the source images before merging them will always​ makes the result worse. Depending on the number of source images, you may be better off by just disabling certain images from the dataset. Experimenting with enabling/disabling source images is what the UI was designed for.

Do you have an unedited set of raw images where you're seeing ghosting problems that aren't removed in a satisfactory way? If so, could you share a set of images? (via dropbox or another sharing service)