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I had a Nikon D90 with and SB910 Speed light. To trigger my flash remotely, I had a Yongnuo remote trigger. I used to have a Ravelli tripod for my camera, but I recently upgraded it to a Vanguard tripod. As you know a remote trigger is really useful when the flash can be mounted on and easy to position anywhere. Now I am trying to recycle my old tripod to mount my flash and trigger it remotely. I am looking to find an adapter that would let mount my Yongnuo remote trigger on which I will mount my flash. Something like Ravelli Tripod head plate -> (an adatper) -> flash. Is there any such thing available?

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You need an adapter with a 1/4 female threaded socket and a "cold shoe" to mount the trigger on.

EzFoto-threaded-Universal-Mount-adapter

or

Hot Shoe Flash Stand Adapter

or

Cowboystudio Bracket Shoe Adjustable Mount

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Just ordered the ExFoto one, have to see if it fits my needs. Thanks for the help. –  Teja Kantamneni Jul 15 '13 at 1:05

You'll want a 1/4-20 thread if the tripod doesn't have one, then add a coldshoe, as Michael Clark wrote. For the coldshoe selection, I really like the enlight photo frio. It's not particularly cheap ($10-13) for a little piece of plastic, but it will positively lock the flash in place and since it's made of plastic I can toss it in the camera bag without worry about scratching other things.

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And let's not forget the Frio's greatest virtue: when things get knocked over (and someday they will) the Frio will break before the flash foot does. A more solid shoe might seem like a good idea, but it makes for much more expensive accidents. –  user2719 Jul 15 '13 at 1:32

If you've got another mounting plate for your tripod, you could use something like this:

Frio ENLFRC1A Hot Shoe Mount for Tripods

I picked one up a while ago, and it works fine with ARCA-type plates.

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While a cold shoe mount, like a Frio, is probably your best all-in-one solution, I'd actually recommend getting an umbrella swivel and stud. The stud that can screw onto the tripod (most of them will be 1/4-20 on one side and 3/8-16 on the other), and then attach an umbrella swivel to the stud. This would allow you to adjust the tilt of the light in a way that the cold shoe will not, as well as use an umbrella as a modifier. And, obviously, a light stand would be a better tool than a tripod for mounting the light onto because most of us think of light as sunlight, and tend to place light sources overhead. Tripods, even with their columns fully raised, can rarely reach that high.

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