Here are the details of how I attach my Speedlights to my lighting stands. It is by far the most frequent question I get asked so I thought it worthy of a post.
Here is my custom made bracket in the horizontal position that allows me to place the flash emitter lens in an upright orientation and pointing downwards at the same time. This is a fundamental requirement of my location off camera flash technique. The stand is a trusty Lowel stand that I have had for 20 years - makes me feel old!
This picture shows the individual parts I have cobbled together to make my brackets. I have two identical brackets and I use them in unison on the same stand if I am rigging both Canon and Nikon flashguns for a workshop. The parts left to right are; a Hama hot shoe adapter with the wire cut off at the head (a newer version is available I think), a Manfrotto 482 ball and socket head, a Manfrotto threaded lock nut from another accessory, and a Bowens spigot adapter from one of my old Prolites. My Prolites are attached to pantographs in my studio so I had a few of these spiggots kicking around.
This is the completed assembly in the upright mode.
As above with a SB 800 attached.
A close up of the aging hot shoe showing where I cut the wire on the side. I think there is a newer metal bodied unit now available.
A much more clunky alternative to my bracket is this one from Photoflex.
I’m sure there are many ways to attach a Speedlight to a lighting stand and this is the way I do it at the moment. If you have a simpler method or know of an available bit of kit designed for this purpose please share it with us here. Damien.