How to use a pan-tilt tripod
This may be a dumb question but here goes. I bought a used camera on craiglist and it came with a Ravelli pan-tilt tripod. I haven't been able to figure out how to mount a camera on it. There is the screw in the middle of the head for screwing my camera's mount on to, but on the head there is a metallic piece a half-inch from the screw that interferes with my camera as I'm screwing it on. It's small and silver and I can press it down but it's hard to press down while screwing the camera on.
Can someone please tell me what is this metallic piece and how am I supposed to get around it to screw on the camera? Here is a photo of the head with the screw and metallic piece:
Sony NEX 3 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Canon 300HS, Fuji F70, Panasonic ZS19.