Interesting interview with David Hockney. Magazine photography is boring, I agree. But I don't blame the tools, I blame the culture surrounding commercial photography. No one is allowed a singular vision. Everyone has a opinion on how the images should look so you get a bland, watery mix where no one vision stands out. A select few can can tell the AD, producer, writer and designer to jump in a lake, shut the fuck and leave it alone. But most are just happy to have a pay day and sit back.
That's why many, many, many years ago I went into the darkroom and did not want to shoot photos for money. That is my two cents anyways, LOL!