Converting RAW to JPG

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Brian
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Converting RAW to JPG
Dec 4, 2012

I have just started shooting in RAW and I took a picture, that has a file size of 16.8mb, and converted it to JPEG in both my new Lightroom software and the IrfanView freeware I have.  The file size via LR dropped to 10.3mb and 5.53mb for IrfanView.

My first question is, does the decreased file size converted by Lightroom sound about right?

Also, I just installed Lightroom today and have never used it, so just feeling my way around.  I did this conversion by importing the picture into LR and then clicking the Export button in the bottom left.  Is this the best/right process to do convert to JPEG?  (I will be curious to take a picture with the camera set to create a RAW and JPEG file.)

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Brian Miller
Nikon D5100 w/18-105 lens and Canon S100
(Previous cameras: Nikon D3100 w/kit lens and 55-200), Nikon D40 w/kit lens and Canon S30)

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