i was hoping someone could help me figure out why my rendered image doesnt render what the viewport sees. the first image is of the viewport and the second is the actual rendered image. any idea whats wrong?
It might be the Suzanne head, blocking the light. It is hidden in viewport, but appears in render, casting a shadow. Just disable it in renders and you're good to go :).
Click the filter button, and show all visibility options. The camera icon disables objects in render. Click the camera icon to disable in render: