Here's an example of how the increase in contrast can be beneficial to your photography.
Let's say you're visiting a farm.
You're photographing kids (with the permission of their parent/guardian) on a trampoline.
Thus, the light is contrasty.
In the shade behind the trampoline, there's a large manure spreader truck.
It's covered with manure.
In the photograph, the shade will be very dark, hiding the truck.
Again, look for shadows.
Then, decide if dark shadows will be of benefit for your photograph.