I am largely self taught when it comes to stop motion animating, although recently I have been very lucky to receive help from the Animation Department at Uni.
You may notice from the images that I am not exactly state of the art but I will pass on a little knowledge every now and then to help new animators. Those of you who know what your talking about please look away now!
Unfortunately iStopmotion, which is a low cost animation package does not give live previews with my canon so next to the camera is a webcam which allows me to see what I am shooting and lets me do lots of other great things like onion skinning, rotoscoping etc. and is previewed on my mac which you can see on the left of the image.
All light has been removed from the room, which makes it cold and dark but stops flickering in the animation.
I will post more about this set up later!