I'm trying to recreate this render:

Reference Render

But my render is coming out much darker:

My Render

I'm using the cycles renderer in the 2.8 beta. It's a sun light with a light gray world color. The colors are just colorpicked from the reference images. I notice that he has very sharp shadows here which would mean maybe using a smaller light source instead of a sun? I'm not really sure. Any help would be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ You need a brighter light source and less light on the environment to create contrast. In the world section bring down the strength for the background or make it a darker color. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Mar 13, 2019 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ ..and it does look like a sun-type light source .. you can adjust the size of a sun light, and therefore the sharpness of its shadows, in its data panel. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2019 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ @cegaton the world strength tip made for much better shadows! Thanks! I had to find the strength option for the sun lamp under the "use nodes" button, but that's pretty much what did it. $\endgroup$
    – booth
    Mar 13, 2019 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to StackExchange - you should answer your own question instead of editing it to include the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Samoth
    Mar 13, 2019 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ You should by now be able to accept your own answer $\endgroup$
    – Samoth
    Mar 23, 2019 at 1:21

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I darkened the world color found the sun lamp strength slider hidden behind the "use nodes" option. Both of these combined made for a much better render! Thanks!

Updated Render


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