Edward Ingold , Jan 06, 2010; 02:38 p.m.
A tripod makes a poor light stand - too short and too wide. However, Nikon makes a flat adapter that can be mounted to a tripod or used as a table stand. The flash locks to the holder.
Manfrotto (and others) make swivel adapters with a standard 5/8" stud socket at one end and a cold shoe at the other. Get one that has an umbrella clamp - about $20 for a good one. You will probably have to insulate the shoe where it touches the center pin on the flash. Scotch "Magic" tape is thin and tough, and lasts a lot longer than electrical tape.