Lightroom: Create stack in groups of N

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Since the automatic stacking doesn't work well for me, I'd really like to be able to select a range of images and create stacks in a consistent group. i.e. group bracketed shots in to stacks of 3. Or maybe I was shooting high contrast situation and I know I want to group that entire set in to stacks of 7.

Select stack of images.
Choose Photo | Stacking | Group in to stacks of ...
dialog pops up, I enter 3, hit ok.

every 4th photo is the top of a new stack.
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Hi Bryn,

I just released Stacker 2.0 (free), which I think works well for:

* HDRs
* Panos

but maybe not

HDR Panos (yet)

It has 2 main advantages over built-in auto-stacking:
* Timewise, it considers time from shutter closed to re-opened, not just capture time, so works well for long-exposure bracketed shots too.
* Supports exposure criteria: you can say whether exposure should differ by a certain amount (e.g. HDR components), or should be close to the same (e.g. Panos).

I haven't worked a min/max number-of-photos in stack, but maybe I will in the future.. (this story still unfolding).



Note: if it does NOT work well for you, then help me figure out why not! (contact me offline).

Oh - it only works in Windows a.t.m., but it's on my to-do list to port to Mac.

http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAn...

Rob
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Thanks Rob!!! I will check it out when I return from namibia. perhaps it could work with hdr panos if you allowed me to specify how many in a bracket for that day (although sometimes I change from 3 to 5 or 7 when sun is directly in image)
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You're welcome Bryn!

And yes - mostly I just haven't given it much thought, but the primitives are there to make it work, whatever the criteria.

Did you say your camera has some exif metadata which would allow the plugin to read whether bracketing is enabled, and how many in a set - that would be good to know.

Enjoy Namibia - cheers!,
Rob
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I'm circling back to test this further given LR6 didn't change anything related to stacking at quick glance. Rob, your site is down and I can't seem to find you on twitter so I'm trying here.
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yes canon records that it was used in auto bracketing (in all modes except manual I think I read). using limited internet I think this has details on the exif tag http://blog.justagirl.us/2010/10/03/v...
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Sigh, I miss Rob Cole's contributions here. Still hoping adobe will improve the auto stack function

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