Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lightroom 'plug-in' like functionality for CeroNoice

As I discussed in my recent post, I believe the CeroNoice workflow creates a serious alternative to other 32-bit TIFF routes, such as ‘Merge to 32-bit HDR’ or Photoshop. I believe the results are first class, for instance the image of Winchester Cathedral at the bottom of this post. 

Also in the last post I provided a small .bat script to partially automate the creation of the 32-bit images from within Lightroom. The only limitation is that this was for a Windows environment.

In this post I introduce ‘CeroNoice Bracketing.exe’, which can be used as an external editor in Lightroom.

To set up the new workflow, simply put the required files in a processing folder, as detailed before, ie CeroNoice.exe etc, together with my .exe, called CeroNoice Bracketing.exe (email me for a copy).

Set up an external editor preset in Lightroom, with the following attributes:

  • Export original (can be .cr2 or .dng); 
  • No file naming; 
  • Post processing = open in other application (ie point to CeroNoice Bracketing)

Finally, set up a ‘watched folder’ in LR (under File, Auto Import), where the 32-bit processed .tif will be returned. The returned file will have the image name of the lightest original, with _32-bit appended.

Once set up, all you do is select, from darkest to lightest, the input images, export via the CeroNoice Bracketing preset and carry on working! 

In a few seconds the output file will appear in the LR watch folder (which I call 32-bit Processing, for easy identification).

All working files, ie LR exports are deleted. You can move the 32-bit TIFF or simply leave in the 32-bit Processing folder.

I have found LR handles the CeroNoice created TIFFs well, eg able to fully use the +/- 10 Ev range in the floating point TIFF.

Bottom line: with the help of my little .exe, Windows’ users can access CeroNoice from within LR in a fully automatic manner, from either .cr2s or .dngs.


  1. Hi
    I would like to try out Your ' CeroNoice Bracketing.exe '.
    Could you send it to me?
    Thanks in Advance.
    (Sorry, could figure out how to email..)

  2. Sorry your email address doesn't appear to exist!


    1. How stupid....
      is the correct address.
      Thanks for the quick response.

  3. Hi,

    Please, send me copy of CeroNoice Bracketing.exe to

    Thank you :)

    1. mch

      Sorry I haven't used this for some time and I have changed PCs since, ie not transferred the .exe I created from a batch file. Sorry :-(