Want HDR without stacks

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Stacking + HDR is a step in the right direction, but I''m wondering why we can't just skip the stacking step. LR has access to the image date/time, obviously, to make the stacks. Well, how about Merge to HDR simply process a highlighted set looking for those same parameters used to create the stacks?

"time between shots <1 sec". Maybe this just applies to what I do, but my camera rapid fires off 3 shots {-3 0 +3} with probably < 0.15s between shots and 1+ seconds between the bracketing sets.
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  • like LR is slower than before...

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Anthony Blackett

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Have you used Auto-Stack by Capture Time under Photo->Stacking in the Library module?

I realise it is another step before HDR, but it will do what you want.
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This is exactly what I'm saying. It's currently a 3-step operation. Seems like it could be a 2-step. 
  1. Select the range of images you want to HDR
  2. Choose Merge to HDR - dialog pops up, you choose the time between shots. Go.
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I would think that would be so simple to do for Adobe, but they seem quite incapable or reluctant to do or fix anything. If auto stack was added, I would also like to see a way to skip that step if the user didn't want it.
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Definitely. I'm suggesting that it doesn't autostack, rather, uses the functionality in the auto-stack routine to do the HDR. 
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I can't see why the stacking step is such a burden in the workflow to warrant development time so stacking can be avoided.  
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I like this idea!

@Robert Somrak, some folks are doing huge HDR workflows like mine that sometime require stacking 40+ HDR sequences that requires a significant time commitment (especially considering when a massive catalog starts slowing down and takes 5+ seconds to create a stack). So, while your comment seems appropriate from some small or infrequent HDR workflows, it is significant once they scale up.
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If Lightroom is taking 5+ seconds to create stacks then it sounds like the development time should be used on fixing the stacking delay issue instead of not creating stacks.  Two days ago I created 18 stacks using the auto-stack feature using 5 minutes intervals for a senior photo shoot of 122 photos in 12 different locations and it took only seconds to correctly create the 12 stacks.  How long do you have to be using Lightroom to have it start taking 5+ seconds to create a stack?  This is the first time I have heard of this issue.  You should report it as a bug if it happens on a consistent basis.  
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I definitely agree with Robert that this is not a high priority thing. It's not an issue, just an idea. In 2028, when Adobe optimizes LR, maybe they can tackle it.
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I definitely agree with Robert that this is not a high priority thing. It's not an issue, just an idea. In 2028, when Adobe optimizes LR, maybe they can tackle it.
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I'm confused. Are you asking to be able to select say 90 images, Merge to HDR, choose a time of less than 1 second between shots, hit process and end up with — assuming 3 shot exposure stacks — 30 DNG HDR files? If so I would love that too. Or do you not want to have to manually stack the separate sets before merging? If that, there is a check box in the Merge to HDR and Pano dialog popups that says create stack. Just highlight your images, Merge to HDR, make sure that box is checked before clicking process and it will create the stack. I'm confused because it seems like you're asking for two separate things. The first thing would be awesome though.

*Edit- I just saw the new feature for batch HDR merge. Your original question makes a lot more sense now.
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