Wait for the right light
The human eye has the ability to adjust to different levels of light, to read an entire scene even with lots of contrast. The camera isn’t as capable. While there are ways to fight tough light, the easiest option that also gets the best results is to simply wait for the right light. A bright sunny day creates lots of contrast in a scene, with very bright highlights and very dark shadows. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon will have less contrast and a beautiful warm glow. If the weather is cloudy, you don’t necessarily have to wait to the end of the day, since the clouds filter out the sunlight for soft, even light.