It might be a cool idea to practise with everyday objects - like just moving a spoon or whatever. We had an assignment on stop motion with shoes last summer. It sounds awfully silly, but it's good practise, and gives you an idea of the medium on its own - not to mention the patience required. It's still... "easier", or at least more direct than regular 2D animation, and the possibilities are still limitless.
If you want some practise with 2D animation in general, I would highly recommend TVpaint. The demo is free to download: and it's a very user friendly program. (Best used with a drawing tablet, though!) And if you don't have a tablet, there's still regular pencil and paper out there. ;D
Thank you, I'll give a random object a try at first. Lighting bothers me, would i have to use studio lighting as each frame slowly would get darker? I'll give thank a download now, ive been debating getting a drawing tablet but good old pen and paper wil do untill. Thanks agian
Yes, natural light is certain to change constantly. We kind of worked with that with the shoe thing; making the shoes follow the shadows, which moved on their own as the sun kept shifting. It can be pretty interesting to work with natural light. But if you want the light to stay as it is, studio lighting would be best indeed. ;D