After securing a rank in the pre-university course, Ramachandra went to the National Film and Television Institute in Pune to learn cinematography. He worked as an assistant cameraman for U.M.N. Sharif, who shot “Vamsha vriksha” directed by Girish Karnad and B.V. Karanth. It was during the shooting of “Vamsha vriksha” that P.V. Nanjaraja Urs, who identified Ramachandra's talent, asked him to work for his “Sankalpa”, which was Ramachandra's first independent venture as cinematographer. He later worked with Karanth in the award winning film Chomana Dudi. He also worked in commercial films with directors like Nagabharana and K.V.Jayaram.