A man carrying a knife threatened the victim who was in the Station Road area shortly before 9.30pm on Friday.
The robber stole two Canon cameras and made off along the railway line towards Whiteabbey Halt.
The photographer was left shaken by the theft, which happened just yards away from violence which broke out following loyalist flag protests.
Meanwhile in north Belfast two men have forced people out of a car during a hijacking.
It happened in the Cliftondene Park area of the city on Friday night.
The pair drove off in the grey Toyota Prius, which was later found burnt out in the Alliance Drive area.
The occupants of the car were not injured but have been left badly shaken by the attack.