Upload & Sell: On
Jim, my take on this article is that the 'dumbing down' of photography is analogous to what has happened to audio recordings with the advent of MP3 players and file sharing, or the publishing industry with the rise of Amazon and eBooks. For the vast majority of the population, MP3's and eBooks are plenty good enough; for the vast majority of the population, Facebook and Instagram are just fine, too, thank you very much.
The music industry is still reeling from the implications of digital file sharing; photography is undergoing a similar upheaval. Meanwhile, people like you and me and the rest of the good folks here on MA2A are able to take advantage of the rapid advances in imaging technology to create ever more stunning imagery with today's ever more capable gear. The fact that there are still clients out there who value your dedication and the quality product you deliver is a testament to an eternal truth: cream rises to the top.
I sit here in my studio with twenty large photo prints of my favorite images staring down at me from the walls. There is still nothing in the digital world to match the experience of coming face to face with a large photo print, or handling a beautifully printed and bound book, or hearing a symphony orchestra perform live in one of the great concert halls. But the democratization of information guarantees the ascendancy of 'good enough'; and the best we can hope for is that there will always remain an audience, however small, for the truly great products of those human endeavors that first arose and reached maturity in the physical world, rather than in cyberspace.