Getting Started with Softboxes
Larry Becker of Kelby Media explains the importance in this video of using softboxes as you move your speedlights off camera in the studio. When you're trying to light your subject, a soft, diffused light is almost always going to look better than a harsh, pinpoint light that creates hard shadows and extremely bright areas.
Becker explains the concepts behind studio lighting (such as light positioning) and examines some simple softbox setups, including the elements you might need: light stands, brackets, wireless triggers and accessories that can help you multiply the power of your flashes. Meanwhile, the tutorial breaks down two different softboxes—one from Westcott and one from Impact—element by element.