Ed, I think we agree, but perhaps it can be said more succinctly, this way: the tools of creativity can be automated; creativity cannot be automated. There is little danger of technology supplanting creativity.
Also, if you read “The State of Commercial Photography” you’re aware of the distraction of conflating the two separate markets and business models of “Social Photo” and “Commercial Photo.”
- Commercial Photo, the business of licensing intellectual property to publishers
- Social Photo (aka Wedding & Portrait), the business of selling tangible goods for personal use (e.g., memorabilia like photo albums)