Chandran started his career working in Malayalam films, as an assistant to his brother, the cameraman Ramachandra Babu. He has since worked as a cinematographer on Tamil films as well as Hindi films. Films he has worked on as cinematographer include Minsaara Kanavu (1997), Punaradhivasam (1999), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Citizen (2001), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Boys (2003), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005) and Fanaa (2006). He recently worked as cinematographer on the film Saawariya (2007).
Following graduating from the A.M Jain college in 1982, Ravi K. Chandran started his career in cinema. In addition to this, he works as the Director of Photography of many music videos and ad films. He currectly lives in Chennai.He is happily married to Hemalata.