This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Lightroom: Applying Auto Tone to a batch of photos loses subsequent develop settings
1. Auto Tone applied during import - "ballparks" my exposures. I need to have as many thumbnails on-screen as possible because LR only applies the settings to those that are being addressed by the graphics card. So, after the first screenful have lost their three little dots, scroll down a page, wait. Rinse and repeat.
2. Apply a 4:3 crop. As before, wait, scroll, repeat.
3. Apply a preset that includes a lot of settings, including lens settings, noise and sharpness, highlight, shadow, white and black levels, contrast, saturation, clarity and vibrance but not exposure (set by Auto Tone) or white balance (set in-camera). Wait, scroll, repeat.
This can take hours (literally) and there isn't a shortcut. Here's why:
a. There is NOT an option for Auto Exposure only. Auto Tone settings must be then altered by the preset.
b. There is no option for a crop in a develop preset, so I have to make that pass separately.
Why can we not set a crop factor in develop presets? It's only metadata. It's not baked in. It's just numbers...
Why can we not have an option to set Exposure to "Auto" in develop presets without all the other Basic settings being altered too?
And why do develop presets need to render in order for the metadata to be applied to all images? I understand that, Auto Tone (and the requested Auto Exposure) (would) require(s) rendering to arrive at the numerical setting but almost all other settings applied in my develop preset are purely numerical. Surely those numbers could be applied to metadata regardless of whether the image is being processed for output or not. I understand that, when an image is viewed, the render would need to take place at that stage but as it stands now, if I don't wait, scroll, wait, scroll, those images that never make it to graphics output do not have the preset applied.
The above workflow, slow as it is, saves me hours of work every day. The options I'm requesting would save me even more. Could these please be addressed?