In order to be able to capture ‘real life' on photos unnoticed, journalists of Het Leven made use of disguises, enabling them to make the exclusive images on which they built their reputation. Taking photos with a hidden camera in the court room during spectacular cases was Het Leven's speciality.
A reportage made in 1919 by photographer Ruben Velleman became particularly famous. The photographer made a snapshot of the former emperor Wilhelm II, who had fled Germany, behind the garden walls of Amerongen Castle from a hay cart. Editors also repeatedly went out with hidden cameras disguised as beggars so as to record the reactions of the public. In 1916, for example, when a small girl in rich winter clothes gave a beggar on Leidse Square in Amsterdam alms - although it is possible that such photos were staged.