Paul C. Buff Offset Arm • Why You Need One to Tilt Your Westcott Apollo Softbox!

Using speedlights in softboxes intended for speedlights can be an infuriating experience. The layout of the zippers often restricts aiming and tilting of the softbox to anything but a completely vertical position. To get around this, photographers have come up with clever ways of moving the speedlight a few inches off the stand, to allow for more movement.

The solution I've found to be most effective, however, is the off-the-shelf Baby Boomer Offset Arm from Paul C. Buff. The arm is a perfect length to allow for full tilt of most speedlight softboxes, and provides the flexibility necessary when working with modifiers like the Westcott Apollo in the field.

Watch the video for a quick "how to" for this clever device...