I just joined today, and really appreciate people's willingness to help others on this forum.
I have a little background in both photography and filmmaking - I used to shoot 4X5, used the Zone System some, and had my own darkroom, as well as shooting reversal 16mm (mostly in a Bolex). This means I understand (it's a bit rusty in places) light, exposure, etc, but its the techniques that make for artful dramatic film lighting that escape me. I want to stay well away from the bad habits of low budget cinematography (your basic kludgy lighting including stark, unmodified light that just looks completely artificial and unartistic).
Cut to: Today, I have a simple DSLR (T2i) and some decent lenses (the 3 lens Rokinon cine kit). I want to do some practice lighting and shoot some short films/practice scenes in a standard dramatic look that doesn't require a ton of gear (and basically no budget at the moment). I have a few lights (a set of Lowel Omnis, a pair of Lowel DPs, an old Mole 750, and a pair of DIY T8-based pseudo-Kinos).
I have seen loads of demos of 3-point lighting, and understand that pretty decently, I think. Here is a quick clip from a little B-Roll I shot a while back:
What I lack is the understanding of how lights are commonly set up and then modified via flagging, bounce, diffusion, etc to create attractive looks that work dramatically. Indoor shooting is of particular interest, but really anything would be good. Can anyone point me toward some foundational understandings and approaches? Trying to cobble together an approach from a mixed bag of what I've seen so far has left me unable to come at this with a unified, coherent process. Also , I don't want my self-taught thing to mean I pick up lots of terrible habits (I recall an interview with the Coens about an early DP they worked with who created really inflexible light setups that required cumbersome changes if they wanted to rethink their camera moves, and then what a revelation it was when they moved to a different DP who set things up in a way that they could be a lot more fluid)