First and foremost, Mansoor stresses the good lighting is the key to a great photo.
"Natural lighting is always the best — not harsh sunlight, as that creates shadows that can actually end up being distracting," she says. "A nice overcast or cloudy day actually is the best."
If you're at home trying to snap a photo of your homemade food creation, we suggest using the light reflecting off a nearby window. If all else fails, turn towards a trusted lamp for synthetic sunlight.