I am using Light room (LR), and have watched the instructional videos for processing HDR images in LR, using Photoshop (PS). I have only PS Elements on my system presently. LR lets me select multiple images for HDR in LR, and input the LR commands to process images for HDR using PS. The PS Elements window appears. The little cursor wheel spins, and spins, then .... nothing happens. Do I need the full PS CC suite to process HDR? Do I need to buy a subscription (that I don't want) to the CC system and get the full blown PS software? Has Adobe now got me by the balls... ?
PSE does not do true HDR. It will do a "kind-of HDR" by merging photos with different exposures (Photomerge-Exposure), but only in 8 bits. The result (also in 8 bits) cannot possibly be HDR because 8 bits can't contain even the DR your camera can capture in a single exposure, much less extend it to HDR. The advantage in using LR in the HDR process is that it can edit (map) the 32 bit HDR tiff produced by PSCS (and other HDR programs) when working from 16 bit images. However, if you do want to do Photomerge, send the images to PSE in the usual way, select them all in the Photo Bin and then initiate Photomerge-Exposure.