Using speedlights in softboxes intended for speedlights can be an infuriating experience. The layout of the zippers often restricts aiming 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 articulation of most speedlight softboxes, and provides the flexibility necessary for working with modifiers like the Westcott Apollo in the field.Read More