there really isnt enough time to download the cf card as things are getting shot. so no way of choosing the shots, with a correct name.
im sure james is in that boat.
maybe by dedicating a second workstation, with another operator, but that is ridiculous expense for a work around on of a mickey mouse system
My reason for pre naming is simple. I learned a long time ago with digital that the more organized and cleaner you are up front the less work you do in the back end.
For a lot of projects, especially designer or retail fashion it must be named according to product, i.e. blu_blous_low_cut_sleevless_001.
And even for a ad session with multiple set ups its easier to find images if the folders and names have some form of reference. jackie_chan_mountian_001, jackie_chan_motorcycle_001, etc. etc.
It just makes processing, sorting, editing etc. that much eaiser.
Now if time doesn't permit to name as I go, we set up folders on the desktop and shoot to those specific folders that are named accordingly. No such thing as folder1, folder2, but names like the above and then I put the raws and jpegs in photomechanic and rename them together.
Then I process out the jpegs again for slight corrections in lightroom.
Those go in the web galleries.
So starting with a logical or client requested naming convention is a must.
Having less steps saves a lot of time on the backend, but the backend is where all my focus is now when it comes to time saving workflow.
In fact that is so important to me, I'll put up with the buffer time and slow write time just to get it into the system correctly. Even with the times I have to tell the talen to wait, hair/makeup/styling goes in and does there thing and the wait is around the same as changing a roll of film.
As far as using the eos utlity and dpp, I don't find them difficult to work or learn, just kind of all over the place, having to go from windows for some settings to preferences for others.
Once you get use to it, it kind of runs it'self, though slowly. I've used it on the last 4 projects and nobody has complained, though there is some wait time for previews to load.