Dave! Welcome to the forum.
I agree, basically, with what has been said, but I want to add a couple of thoughts, and to answer a couple of the questions you tagged on at the end of your post.
BTW, I'm also interested in both photography and woodworking. One of the stronger guys on this forum (MattZ) is an avid and gifted nature photographer.
My thoughts are mostly about your goals. You really haven't clarified them in your own mind.
My goal is almost entirely practical. I'd like to be able to lift more weight for longer periods of time...
So far, so good. But then you add:
I'm looking to more tone and define rather then bulk up. (So maybe more Bruce Lee and less Arnold Schwarzenegger!)
"Tone" is a vague term. It has a technical definition in strength, but it's not at all what you mean, I'm sure. I think you mean that you want to look firmer, and less flabby. That comes from fat loss.
"Define" is about low body fat and increased muscle size.
"Bulk up" is used a lot by people who train with weights, but they don't always mean the same thing. Do you mean "add muscle" or do you mean "get bigger". They're not the same. I'm guessing that you wouldn't mind more muscle, but many lifters just want to be big, even if that means more fat, and I'm guessing you don't want that.
My suggestion is to focus on strength, to let increased muscle mass come along at it's own pace, and forget all the worries about "tone", "definition" and "bulk".
Don't really enjoy excersice. I'd rather be out in my shop or taking pictures. So this is really a necessary evil for me.
I have never enjoyed most forms of exercise, but I have come to truly love strength training. I do it at my own pace, I don't compete with anyone (except my son!), and enjoy solitary pursuits, but also enjoy having company part of the time. In the past I tried many different kinds of exercise, never liked any of it, never stuck with it. There is something about training with a barbell that I have taken to. My suggestion is to not get stuck in a single mode, but to keep doing different things.
i've heard about people sitting on an exercise ball at work, what does that do? If it's benificial, i've got 8hours a day waisted!
It's a waste of time, unless your company can't afford chairs.
I have a few friends that are really into working out and i've seen them eating creatine (sp?) powder and or protien powder... Whatever it is, they've got a huge plastic barrel of it. What does that do and should I be eating that?
Both have value for some, maybe even most people. There are threads on this forum about both.
I've heard that low weight and high reps gives definition, and hight weight and low reps ads bulk, is that true? I'd perfer the definition route...
These are major over-simplifications. Neither is really true. You get definition by increasing muscle size and reducing fat. You get "bulk" what ever you mean by that, by eating lots and lifting heavy.
Thanks in advance for the help!
You're always welcome.