Lightroom: HDR functionality in the develop module

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I've been using LR since the beginning. How about LR4 including a HDR feature in the develop module.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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There are two aspects of HDR to consider:

Merging bracketed images into a 32bit HDR file and tone-mapping the 32bit file/data into a printable/traditional monitor (display) viewable space.

Related: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Rob Cole

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+alignment and ghosting...
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Michael Lever

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How LR could go about including an HDR feature is irrelevant, surely: just a matter for Adobe engineers. At present, I go to Edit In then merge to HDR Pro in PS5, or export to Nik HDR or export to Photomatix Pro or whatever, so surely it should be possible to include some of that technology in LR?
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It isn't irrelevant in the least. Are you saying that only one way of doing HDR will suffice for all photogs?

The current way of offering a round-trip via a plugin is very powerful, and allows you to select your very specific HDR processor. Note that HDR is really a post-processing step.

We are talking about a very expensive to maintain processor that only some photogs would use and the rest would still choose a third-party.

"Include some of that technology" is just not how it works in commercial software. Someone has to pay for that tech, either in R&D hours or licensing. And you still get a single solution for something that is, arguably, one of the most contentious aspects of post-production.
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I'd also like to see HDR built into Lightroom, even if the freedom to use a 3rd party tone-mapper was maintained. As it stands, HDR is a PITA in Lightroom - from start to finish (limited stacking/grouping support, forked tif...). I think Adobe should make it easier in whatever way they can. Even now, a lot of cameras are building exposure blending into their camera firmware. I'm sure the bright minds at Adobe can come up with something better for Lightroom too...
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Maybe exposure blending as a compromise if full-blown HDR would be too much for version 4.