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Adobe’s Nice Tweak To Lightroom Classic’s “Auto Stack By Capture Time” Feature

Hi, gang — greetings from Chicago — I’m up here doing the opening keynote tonight at the Out of Chicago photography conference. Hope I’ll see some of you here). 🙂

Today, I made a short video for you about a nice little tweak (actually, it’s a change in a default behavior), in how Lightroom Classic’s Auto-Stack by Capture Time feature. If you’re not familiar with Stacking, watch the video, and if you are familiar with  Auto-Stack, definitely watch the video. Here ya go:

Hope you found that video helpful (and thanks to Adobe for all the awesome tweaks they’ve been adding to Classic lately. The program keeps getting better and better (and faster). High-five to Adobe’s Lightroom team!

Heads up: Just added Washington DC to my Lightroom Seminar Tour Stops
I’ll be there in August with my full-day Lightroom seminar. Hope you will be, too! http://kelbyonelive.com

Have a great weekend!




  1. Noel 2 August, 2018 at 03:02 Reply

    Wow great time saver for this little fix. Do you know if there is the chance of a keyboard short cut to allow stack by capture time? Thanks Regs Noel

  2. Lewis Johnston 26 June, 2018 at 05:49 Reply


    What is the date of the planned Lightroom Seminar in Washington, DC.
    It is not showing on the Kelby Live Events page yet and I wanted to make sure to have it on my calendar.

  3. Victor C 22 June, 2018 at 15:15 Reply

    I’d love to use it …… but!!!

    My standard workflow for any shoot is to create 3 (or more) collections. Two smart collections – all photos and 1 star or better photos, and then a final images collection into which I manually put my final selections after I have processed the photos (sometimes there is more than one final images collection, eg if I do a B&W collection separate from a colour collection).

    Once I have the photos in the collections, I never look at the folder they are in again – all my work is done from the collections. I go through the all photos collection to make my picks (1 stars), I then go through the 1 stars to decide which to process, do my processing and add the processed photos to the final images collection. Finally I cull from the final images collection to reduce down to the final selected and processed images.

    My problem with stacking is from what I can see is stacking doesn’t work in collections at all. I would love to stack all my HDRs or Pano shots in my all photos and 1 star collections – but I can’t!

    So unfortunately I still can’t use stacking.

    • Scott Kelby 24 June, 2018 at 06:59 Reply

      It does work in Collections (and in fact, in the video I was showing it using collections – not folders). Now, if you’re using Lightroom 4, they hadn’t added the “Stacking in Collections” feature yet, but if you’re using a reasonably newer version, stacking in collections is supported. 🙂

      • Victor Clarke 24 June, 2018 at 08:08 Reply


        Now I learn something new – I just checked – your right it works in collections, but not in smart collections. My all photos and 1 star photos collections are both smart collections. It would be in those collections I would need to apply the stacking (and there that I have always tried to use it in the past and been frustrated at it not working).

        So maybe I need to consider changing my workflow a little to not use a smart collection?

        I seem to recall I got the method of creating collections like this from one of your books / articles as a way to organise shoots into a collection and not use folders. Maybe I need to review your workflow again to see how to do it without smart collections.

  4. callmebob 22 June, 2018 at 08:14 Reply

    I like the pano/hdr stack switch you can flip on… that’s handy. I don’t do stacks that often, but that one makes a lot of sense to ID the subset of files in a bracket sequence which you actually used for the merge.

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