There are different ways to use SMP - typically using a video camera or webcam, or with a digital still camera. If you are new to animation we recommend a webcam or video camera option because you have a live video feedback that allows you to preview the animation with a live video feed (so you can use onionskinning). Onionskinning is also available using DSLRs with "live view" functionality.

We have a number of tutorials on our website showing different ways to bring images into your animation, and which cameras are compatible.  Please visit the page here.