CoolColJ, please post the lenses and settings you used (if its not too much trouble). Aspiring newbie macro photographers want to emulate you!
lenses and settings I use won't make much sense unless you use the same sensor format I use
Pansonic G85 - Micro 4/3 sensor size
In any case I have 2 lenses I use - they are quite similar, 45mm Pana Leica macro lens and Olympus 60mm macro lens.
For the former, I bought second hand for much cheaper otherwise it is very expensive, I use a 10mm to 16mm lens extension tube with it to get more magnification.
For the second lens, since it has a larger focal length, Raynox 250 strap on works better for magnification.
The first option has greater depth of field, Raynox seems cut depth of field in half.
Camera settings - I normally bounce between f11 to f16 aperture, the later cuts down the light tremendously, but gives greater depth of field, and slightly less sharp image.
shutter speed 1/1000-1300 for F11, 1/500-800 for F16. This all depends on the scene and how much light is bouncing around.
This is just to freeze the motion of ants and keep motion blur when I shoot hand held to a minimum.
I typical set the shutter speed to under exposure slightly and brighten up when editing later
To use these type of setting in a macro situation, you will need a powerful external flash, pointed directly down towards the front of the lens.
I've tried a lot of ways to mount this, the easiest is just a heavy duty ball head on the flash mount that you can angle the flash as you desire.
The other ways are strapping an articulating arm onto a plate screwed into the tripod mount and you can move the flash where you want etc
Since it's so close you will need to heavily diffuse it as well, I just stack and rubber band a bunch of paper foam over the lens, or a layer of kitchen tissue paper.
Each material has a different look and effect on the light, experimenting is needed.
I sometimes use the wide angle mode on the flash, popping down it's diffuser, softens the light a bit more, but not so good in test tubes.
I also added a quick release plate to the tripod mount and add small gorilla pod tripod thing to hold onto or butt against a surface to stabilize the camera when needed.
Like when your leaning against a table top etc.
When out in the field having a stick you can hold onto while you brace the camera helps.
You can also attach a string to the tripod mount, and the other end to the ground, attached to something you can put your foot on and then tension the string to stabilize the camera,
works better than expected