Penang International Wedding Photographer | Victor Hew Photography » Penang Based Famous Wedding Photographer

Haanu & Vanan had contacted us one year ago prior to the shoot, and we had a great chat over a cup of coffee in singapore. Both Haanu and Vanan are fun and easy going couple, I had so much fun shooting the formals and casuals for them. Being in front of the camera was never easy for any couples, but both of them got use to it real quick, and we scored a bunch of really lovely pictures. check em out!

 For more photos, kindly view the slideshow below.

  • February 15, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Rebecca Ang - Hi, am from KL & wish to hv our photo shooting on penang island. Appreciate to share with me the package. Tks.

okay, i know i know, gears aren’t important, what is more important is the person behind the camera. But as a photographer, I always believe in knowing what you are using and how to use them is very important in my line of work. So, this time around, I’m just going to do a really quick and simple straightforward review about my nikon DF. I’ll won’t be talking much about the picture quality of the DF because you can find all kinds of ISO pictures all over the internet writing great reviews about it. But for my review, you’re going to get my personal user experience of what did DF made right and wrong and it’s usability.

So lets start with what I like about this camera, I really really like the image quality that it produces, the awesome 16mpx D4 sensor without the bulkiness and the price of a D4, reminds me alot how much I love my d700 until today. Surprisingly, this new camera tends to also attract alot of curious people asking me why am I using such an old camera to shoot wedding, it is indeed an interesting way to spark a new conversation. Lastly, a really so much better screen compare to the horrendous D800, thank God for this.

Now on to my rants and complains, the most surprising and disappointing things about this camera is that there is NO EASY EXPOSURE COMPENSATION, this is absolutely a very big drawback for me. Shooting wedding days for me are very fast paced and under all kinds of very tricky lightings, so adjusting compensation dial is what we do alot, and I do it by enabling “Easy Exposure Compensation” and turning the main command dial for a quick exposure compensation. But now, this function is not available for the DF, everytime I try to adjust exposure compensation, the DF made me look like a monkey scratching its head. This was a huge huge disappointment as to what was the DF designers thinking when they did not thought of putting this function back, how hard can it be? its just software. But then again, alot of people would say this is not designed for fast pace shooting, if you want something fast paced, get the D4. But Nikon was always famous as a camera build by photographers for photographers, this is why I love Nikon in the first place, everything was very well thought of, the placements of buttons, the customizable buttons, all the way down to the firmware of the camera itself.

While the focusing system on the df is pretty good, I didn’t quite like the very concentrated 39 focusing points to the middle of the viewfinder, it is as though nothing else would ever matters at both sides and top bottom of the frame. Same problem as the D600, even my trusty old D700 has better laid out focusing points.  While the retro design attracts lots of curiosity, but the retro design gives you a very bad grip onto the camera. Needless to say, if you try fitting it with heavier lenses like the 24-70, or the 14-24, the weight just shifts forward and it gets even harder to grip and you need to use your left hand to suppose the lens weight, to make things harder, if you want to change your exposure compensation, your right hand needs to support the whole forward weight of the lens while you do the monkey pose to change your exposure compensation dial manually.


My conslusion:

All in all, I would recommend this for slow paced shoot, like portraitures, pre-wedding work, travel whereby you have the time to slowly tweak the dials and enjoy the shooting, DF would work perfectly fine.  Its definitely not for fast paced shooting, as the dials and buttons are everywhere. Its also light weight, 50mm f1.4D works perfectly fine with it. It makes you look cool too. Image quality is without a doubt top notch.





Its time for another blog post. This time around, I’d like to share some actual day work I did in Kuala Lumpur for a lovely couple who is based in Singapore, Peggy and Erwin.

It was really fun capturing these beautiful moments for Erwin & Peggy, the funny thing is that they have a group of lovely bridemaids and sporting groomsmen, who has been playing gatecrashing games with each other for their own weddings throughout the recent year so the groomsmen are actually very experience gate crashers.

Without further ado, I’ll let the photos speak for itself. 😀

  • February 6, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    chan yie ying - may i know the package for actual day photography? 23/11/14 in bukit mertajam

Its been awhile I haven’t felt this hyped up about a newly announce camera from Nikon, so I decided to write something about this new so called “retro” camera. The retro camera seems to be a trend lately for the past few years when fuji launched a few retro looking cameras like the x100, or xm1, I don’t really know much about Fuji cameras as I don’t use Fuji cameras but a few fellow photographers has been creating some really beautiful images out of it. Sony RX1 was the closest retro camera that got me interest as it was a full frame camera, it was a nice to have beautiful camera.

Okay, allow me to vent some frustration first for nikon’s announcements for the past years, nikon’s new camera has been pretty disappointing for me as a photographer. The much awaited d700 replacement, d800, came with a insane 36mpx sensor which in my line of work doesnt need thiiiiiiiiissssss muuuuucchhhh of megapixels, really? To top it off, d800 came with a gooey greenish screen. D4’s arrival was pretty good, but it came same price as a rocket, and a  nowhere to be found or heard of XQD card slots. if i were to pay a rocket price for a camera, i wouldn’t want a useless card slot in it. D4 just wasnt the camera I wanted, I was hoping for a new camera announcement, something like the d700, a shadow of the d3s. D600 announcement was also pretty disappointing, still a little high on the megapixel side with really crappy focusing points, but i lots of videographers loved the d600. 😀  Don’t get my wrong, I don’t hate the d800(but i really do hate the LCD screen) or the d600,  I own both of these cameras for my studio, I’ve also created some really lovely work from them as well, but its just not the right camera for me.

So what the DF is all about here? Lets get through the specs i copied and pasted from the great internet.

  • 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (same as D4)
  • ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204,800 equiv)
  • Maximum 5.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (same as D610)
  • 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen
  • Compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses (including pre-Ai standard)
  • Single SD card slot
  • EN-EL14a battery (quoted endurance of ~1400 exposures)
  • 100% full viewfinder
  • Weather sealed same as D800

16 mpx!! great ISO control as the D4! I have a whole range of nikon original lenses collected throughout my career for these past years, I could use them all for this camera. yay!

I only could hope that the screen doesn’t give a greenish tint like my d800, Probably the only complain I have is the d600’s 39-focus point tend to be very concentrated to the middle of the viewfinder, making it quite hard to compose the shot at times, if they could’ve maintain the d700’s 51 focusing points that would be great.

So what about the limitation of  maximum shutter speed at only 1/4000, and the slowest shutter speed is 30″ , I rarely shoot anything that goes up till 1/2000 or anything lesser than 1 second exposure, so its fine for me. 5.5fps is just nice as well, its not too slow, sufficient.

Am I getting one of this? Hell yeah! Not getting it for the retro design or being sentimental, I’m getting it for it’s spec. I want something like this, the retro look is just a bonus for me.

Can’t wait to test run this baby for my first wedding shoot in December. I’m getting a silver one like below.

Photo Credit to Nikon USA



Penang is famous for its unesco heritage status. Apart from having really really old classic pre-war buildings, its also has lots of hidden resorts amongst the lush green hills of penang, one of them is Malihom.

Evelyn & Chng Toh decided to have their pre-wedding session here in this resort, and it was a great opportunity for us to be able to do a lovely pre-wedding session here in this resort.

Enjoy. 🙂

Photographed by: Victor Hew

Assistated by: Wan Ching

Awesome make up by: Angela Kang

For more photos, kindly view the slideshow below. 🙂

  • December 2, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    Mary Anne - Hi,

    Are you available for the 3rd feb 2014 and what are the cost involved to have pre wedding and wedding in penang?
    Also, let me know what the cost includes.

    Mary Anne

  • February 26, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    Chloe Tan - Hi Victor
    would like to check what is the package for pre-wedding photos shooting? And what is your available time for 2014? How abt ard May -July?


A d d   m e   o n   F a c e b o o k