This has been going on for a while now but I just want to fix this.

I have a nice bright scene in the viewport, but then when I render it, it looks way too dark.

Here is the .blend https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a7bX40YrLo2u1lplQ9KYhogwmmlm3XqG

looks nice[1] bad

  • $\begingroup$ Please provide your .blend file with textures files packed inside. It will be faster for us to dig in ourselves instead of play guesses. $\endgroup$ – L0Lock Mar 20 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ ok, I will do that $\endgroup$ – Tech Crate Mar 20 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ Would you mind using blend-exchange to upload .blend files? Files from other sources tend to "vanish" over thime thus possibly rendering your question and answers useless. $\endgroup$ – metaphor_set Mar 21 at 11:26

I downloaded i tried your mesh. Number 1, if possible use a surface below the object. That way a lot more light bounces and illuminates it. Number 2, you might want to switch your "Color Mangement - View transform - to Filmic (instead of film". Its giving nice results over hear.

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  • $\begingroup$ thank you for the answer, but even with this enabled the lighting still looks very dim compared to the viewport $\endgroup$ – Tech Crate Mar 21 at 19:03

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