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Can Lightroom do HDR?

Gene Paull , May 08, 2013; 09:24 a.m.

I have never used Lightroom, but currently use ACR then Photoshop. Here are the specific tasks for which I use Photoshop: HDR, shadow-highlights, curves, and sharpening. I know the last three can be done in ACR, but I prefer Photoshop. Can Lightroom do HDR? Needless to say, I'm looking to the future and have no plans to go to Adobe CC.

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Howard M , May 08, 2013; 09:55 a.m.

As I recall, the latest version of LR won't 'do' HDR (ie. create an HDR file from N bracketed exposures) but it will accept a 32 (?) bit depth file that is output from HDR programs so you can do some work w/ it.

Zach Ritter , May 08, 2013; 10:05 a.m.

Yep. Kind of weird the way that works. Think it has to be a .tif, but not positive.

Jeff Spirer , May 08, 2013; 10:50 a.m.

You can easily use your existing version of Photoshop with Lightroom for HDR. There is a menu function that will allow you to send a set of images to Photoshop for HDR processing. It's explained here. I prefer the Nik plug-in for HDR, although my use is limited to real estate photos I'm hired to do.

Keith Reeder , May 08, 2013; 01:14 p.m.

You can also use the Lr/Enfuse plugin:
http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrenfuse.php

Jos van Eekelen , May 08, 2013; 02:35 p.m.

LRenfuse is no real HDR, but it works.

Howard M , May 08, 2013; 02:45 p.m.

True but enfusing, IMO looks a heck of a lot better than the usual over the top HDR that seems to be (unfortunately) popular.

Jos van Eekelen , May 08, 2013; 03:16 p.m.

Found the right term: LR/enfuse does Exposure Blending. In my experience it works quite well however for HDR/Exposure Blending/Focus Stacking there is no 'best' solution. Depending on the pictures you start with sometimes one program is better, sometimes another.

Jeff Spirer , May 08, 2013; 04:00 p.m.

True but enfusing, IMO looks a heck of a lot better than the usual over the top HDR that seems to be (unfortunately) popular.


"Over the top" is about usage, not tools. Unless it's a tool with no controls, there's always a way to control things.

JDM von Weinberg , May 08, 2013; 04:52 p.m.

You can use the Nik plug-in and tune down the effect to where most people would not look at it and immediately go "Eeeew, HDR!" It will work by itself, sort of, but will plug into Photoshop and, I think, LR.
I don't know if this bargain offer is still available and if the coupon code for additional discount is still valid, but..
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