Bright and cheery morning view from my front door...
No, not really...this is the actual lighting...
How to do this? No photoshop necessary! To do this with your camera, switch to the setting "shooting into backlight". Now choose the setting "set the metering to..." -- on my camera the metering is set to a dot in the center of a rectangle.
Photo 1 -- first I focus on the little wreath at the left side of the photo. Press the shutter button halfway down, hold it, and move the camera slightly to the right so I am looking out the center of the door. Press the shutter button all the way down.
Photo 2 -- The camera is still in the same position (photo 1) -- looking out the center of the door. Simply press the shutter button all the way down.
Voila! Two totally different looking photos :-) Sorry, I am not able to explain this in more technical terms -- if that's what you need, you're way ahead of me!
Hope the weather is cheery where you are!