For me digital has been an excellent learning tool to understand how to envision and capture an image. For years I took family photos etc but never had the skill set to know why some images were successful and others werent.
From the knowledge learned through digital, I find myself now shooting almost exclusively on film, I love having the choice of media for image capture.
The quality of my photos has most certainly improved.
I doesnt seem that photography overall has reached a new level of artistic expression however.
In my opinion lots of commercial digital photos are simply cliches repeated endlessly. Do you think that amatuer and professional photobraphy have improved since the digital age?