Use Lightroom’s Auto-Stacking to Organise Burst Mode Shots

When out photographing nature, you are often stuck on burst mode, shooting a shed-load of images with little difference between each. And whilst it’s easy to get trigger-happy in the field, when at home the sheer volume of captures are a headache to manage for even the most organised amongst us. But before you reach for the aspirin and set to work, the magicians at Adobe have got another stress-relieving trick up their sleeves: Auto-stacking in Lightroom.

This video from photographer and post-processing aficionado Anthony Morganti shows how you to master Lightroom’s auto-stacking feature in just six minutes. Using several shots he took at a zoo, Morganti shows how you can transform a giant grid or filmstrip of images into practical-sized ‘stacks’ for improved management and workflow. The stacks themselves are grouped according to their capture time, and with the help of Morganti’s video, they are a breeze to do even after an exhausting day of hiking in the wild, lens first.

Whilst auto-stacking is perfect for turning a mountain of burst images into a well-organised molehill, the feature has more nuanced applications. For HDR enthusiasts, auto-stacking can help you organise a series of bracketed shots to ease the overall process of combining them later. Thanks to auto-stacking, those picture-perfect landscapes are made a click or two closer to completion in half the time!


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.