My Adobe Lightroom CC Tip of the Week – a step by step guide to using the HDR Merge feature in Lightroom

This is my step by step guide to using the fantastic HDR merge feature in Adobe Lightroom CC.

Select the images. In Lightroom that is. Of course. Do I really need to say that?

And when I say images I mean a bracketed set of images. Two images in my case. Two stop under and two stop over exposed.

Not just any images. That won’t work. Try it and you will see. 

Ok glad that is sorted. 

So here we go. Images selected. Next  

Control H

This brings a dialogue box into the screen.

I check (select) the following

  • Auto Align
  • Auto Tone
  • Deghost Amount – I choose high and just leave it there
  • Show Deghost overlay

Then select Merge

And leave it to do its thing, which doesn’t take too long.  

You will find a new file, with the file name of the first image you selected with the file extension -HDR.dng

I add this to the original stack of 3, and it should appear on top of the stack. 

HDR image created! 

Now you can work on the dng file as you would any other image in Lightroom

Clever eh? 

Join me next week on my blog for my next Adobe Lightroom CC tip of the week.

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Saturday 24th September 2016



Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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