Shoot in the best light -
No matter how long your hike is, make sure at least some of it is in the early hours of the morning or the late afternoon before sunset; this is when light is at its most beautiful.
Shoot in manual, or aperture priority -
If you are game, get to know the exposure triangle and how this manual side of photography can help you capture the best pictures. If this seems too much, at least change your camera to aperture priority, which allows you to adjust the aperture and the camera does the rest.
Note: For landscape images you want most of your image to be in focus, which means shooting with a smaller aperture (larger number).
Consider your composition -
Composition refers to how and where you position subjects within your frame, and quite simple, it makes or breaks a photo. You can get better at composing your photos by viewing plenty of other people's photos and by learning some key techniques, which we discuss here.