Buy the holy soap.
A short test of techniques using stop-motion animation on a back-lit tray of brown sugar. I’m beta testing Big Picture software, which is a stand-alone camera controller for Canon Powershots and Canon DSLRs. It’s an off-shoot of the controller for Photoboof softwarel, and it is ideal for doing animation and time-lapse work. It has a bunch of features I haven’t begun to explore yet, for example, it has the ability to control multiple cameras simultaneously.