Lightroom: Add option to search function to find "Stacks" within a catalog.

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Currently there isn't a way to search for stacks within a catalog. I'd like to see this option implemented without the need to use a third party plug-in. This will speed up user workflow especially after running the auto-stack script within Lightroom. Thank you!
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Can you explain how you'd use it? Is this for finding hdr/pano attacks for merging? Or something else?
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Hello Victoria,

When I shoot HDR images, the first thing I do is use Lightroom's auto stack script to create stacks based on time — I do this to group all the HDR captures into individual stacks. Next, I select a single stack then type Control + H to open the HDR Merge Preview panel. Then I type, Enter to accept the results — to generate the final .DNG file.

I'm currently working on a project where each stack contains 9 bracketed images (@ 42 megapixels per image) and I have over 40+ stacks. On my 2015 Mac Pro workstation the amount of time it takes to generate on HDR image from entering Control + H to... typing Enter to accept the results... to the final generated HDR image is 2 minutes and 35 seconds. It takes 1 minute and 35 seconds just to generate the preview. Doing this manually for each stack is very time consuming and something that I'd rather do overnight while I'm sleeping.

I'm thinking that one way to approach this is to select all the stacks that I want to batch process — similar to selecting images that I want to export — then run the HDR (Control + H) option. Perhaps the code could recognize the stacks and know that the user wants to do batch processing and then bypass the preview option to save time? As an added bonus — it would be great to have the option to increase the rating of the final generated .DNG image to — lets say 2 stars and to change the color to green — for easier filtering for the final generated images.

Let me know if you have more questions. :)

—Erik
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Thanks Erik. Understanding the reasons always adds additional weight to a request.
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Thank you for the tip, Victoria!
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I read in a blog moments ago that typing Control + Shift + H on a mac — skips the preview option. This saves me a minute and thirty-five seconds. This is helpful for saving time — yet batch processing would be even more helpful.
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Please add your vote and opinion to this feature request for batch processing of Photo Merge (HDR and Panorama): http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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"...easier filtering for the final generated images."

To filter for generated HDRs, define the following Library filter and save it as a filter preset:
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Thanks, John!