Photoshop: Merge to HDR fails when I try to merge three images created from the same RAW file

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Here a link for your info to see what happens if I use e.g ....automate....Merge to HDR Pro...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R78fw-...

And one from Mini Bridge....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laIU-b...

See also my discussion here:
http://forums.adobe.com/message/40536...
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Eireann Dr. Muller

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Posted 7 years ago

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Chris Cox

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You could have just said that it fails to open the final result image.
And you had a discussion going on the forums, why did you also post it here?
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Eireann Dr. Muller

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Because someone told me that in the Adobe forum the developers dont read the message.
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Chris Cox

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Well, they weren't telling you the truth. We read and respond to posts in the forums, and feature requests here.
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Oh, and it doesnt just fail to show the final image. It fails to give me the pop-up box so I can enter the exposure data.
Without these data all pictures show the same exposure and the function crashes.
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Did the solution of resetting the prefs work to correct this problem for you?

http://adobe.ly/PS_Prefs
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Eireann Dr. Muller

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Jeffrey, I did something, now it opens the 3 JPG files creating a mainly grey image.
Interesting that resetting the prefs changed so much although I havent made changes to the prefs in the first place.
Bridge and Minibridge still fail to give me the POPUP to set the EV in case all three JPG images have the same Exposure setting.

The only solution till now is: Open the three JPGs individually and then merge them. That brings up the POPUP to set the EV by hand for each image and the the images are combines correctly.
Bridge and Minibridge seem to have that subroutine missing which brings up the dialogue to set the EV for the case that all images to be joined to HDR have the same exposure setting.
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Eireann Dr. Muller

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And pressing Alt Ctrl Shift must be done pretty fast or photoshop is already open and nothing has happened.
I have about 1/2 a second time after doubleclicking the Photoshop icon to open it.
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Presumably you want to do this to be able to tomemap the photo.
If this is the case, why not open the RAW file as a Smart Object and then tonemap it directly?
This should be much quicker.
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(I moved the discussions on adobeforums on a non-read only forum)
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Rich Powell,

I have been using JPG files made from an over and under exposed raw file which dont give a result as good as 3 RAW files merged to HDR but it is still much better than the single JPGs on their own when it comes to details in the shadows or highlights.
When creating the over and under exposed JPGs from a RAW file the exposure information is not coming with the JPGs and thats why I get that strange result only when using bridge or mini bridge.

When I group the three images to HDR pro after already opening the files Photoshop asks me to set the exposure data by hand.
When I use Bridge or Mini Bridge it doesnt do that and so there are no infos to work with during the combination to HDR Pro.