Be Deliberate

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingman's Dome

There are well known photographers out there that preach the spray and pray method of photography.  If you aren't familiar with this concept is is where you take gobs of photos in rapid succession in the HOPE of getting a good photograph.  I would encourage you to first take a different approach to your work.  Be Deliberate.  

When you get to an area take the time to survey the scene before you extend your tripod legs and plop the camera right on top.  It is a good idea to leave the camera off the tripod so that you can easily look at different compositions.  Once you find what you are looking for then set your tripod up to reflect your vision for the photograph.

Try and envision the end result before you ever snap that first photograph.  

Be deliberate!