As a painter and photographer, I often combine both media into one image. The camera never records the picture the way I see it in my minds eye, so I rework the image to bring out what I see. I might repaint the background, adjust the composition, and carefully draw your eye to what makes the image special. I enjoy painting my frames to continue the picture and provide an added level of depth. This makes each image unique.
I have taken courses in art, photography, and computer graphics, but my techniques are mostly self-developed.