Just a bit confused here. Any help appreciated.
To quote an answer I got elsewhere,
What makes the rendered image look dark is the volume material of the particle emitter. However, the emitter is not shown because you have to enable “show emitter” in the particle options :slight_smile: Unfortunately, the “show emitter” checkbox doesnt have influece on the viewport so you always need to double check if it’s turned on or off. --eaNiiX