I won't blame the technology for the troubles the Studio Photographers and Owners are having. The beginning problem starts with the availability of the technology. Medium Format cameras had a hefty price tag compared to 35mm in the old days. Most Medium format shooters were classicaly educated, or apprenticed photographers that worked for studios, and in studios.
I spent two years under a well known photographer in California in the Eighties. But it was my Large Format, and 35mm work that got me noticed by her to even get into the studio. Things were that tough, and I was competing with college students that knew lighting. So that is how I got my foot into the world of working photog.
Today, our equipment is inexpensive. Our darkroom is very easily mastered with a few classes. No more imulsions and time in the darkroom learning chemistry lessons. No more bulk purchases of film and using sport(12frame) rolls to get your light evaluations, light metering, all figured out before you do a full shoot. Today most Digital Photographers don't even use an external light-meter, or they frown on them. Only the experienced photographer takes the time to use an external light-meter today. Also in this technology driven world, learning studio lighting is easy, and the lights are cheap compared to the old HOT lights.
The professionals that are truly hurting are those that own commercial studios, and only do in house work. The larger studio that I am affiliated with has forty paid staff photographers on call(of which I am one). Only six of those forty knows about actual Darkrooms and film processing! In 2001, the studio had three large format printers on sight. Today all our work is sent out! Worst of all, this studio is owned by a realestate broker that made it big. His daughter is the receptionist, and he manages, neither of them knows the first thing about actual photography.
Ok, I ranted, and maybe even raved.