There are different types of animations you can make - online, 2D or 3D, stop motion, stickfigures.
If you are a beginner wanting to try making an animation, then here are my best animation software recommendations.
There is lots of software available now that will let you create animations within the software, without you having to build models or take photographs.
This type of software is available both online and in downloadable format.
Stop Motion Photography is a much more 'hands on' way of creating an animation. You are in total charge of building the set and characters - and then taking a sequence of photographs that you will string together to make the movie.
Different software is available depending whether you intend to use a digital camera, or a webcam.
Digital Camera Software
I found if I made a slideshow (setting the automatic slide advancement to 0.002 seconds) it gave a smooth transition through the pictures. There is an article on this with an example on the PC World News site (although I used Jpeg files not GIF).
This program is great to use if you have already taken your animation photographs and want to view them as a film.
Need more help with your animation? Here are details of how to make your own Animation.