There’s no doubt that lighting is an art that takes years to master and total control in order to get it perfect. However, sometimes you are shooting a scene that’s outside so you are not shooting in a studio, this can be a very frustrating situation because the lighting changes at different parts of the day and clouds can make changes in the lighting conditions every few seconds. So how can you take control over this kind of scene and get a more consistent and flattering lighting for your actors? One of the easiest ways of having more control over the lighting is to use a silk (silk diffuser), which is basically a big piece of white silk attached to a frame. It helps diffuse the light so there are not such harsh shadows on the faces of the actors and allows you to control the lighting in a more consistent way.
There are also other tools and equipment you can use, for example, you can use a light stand with an adapter to hold a smaller diffuser which is especially helpful when trying to reduce a single source of strong light. The great things about using light stands are it doesn’t take people to hold it and they are cheap! There are many other kinds of diffusers out there so be sure to do your homework and choose the best one for your situation.