If the stationary background is in focus and your subject is not, you're either dealing with a slow shutter speed and your subject is moving, or your lens focused on the wrong thing. If the subject is moving either ask your subject to stay still or speed up the shutter speed. Shooting people at below 1/125th of a second or slower can be challenging if they're moving. If they're moving quickly it needs to be even faster, maybe even 1/1000th of a second or higher. If your camera focused on the background instead of your subject, your subject may be blurry. Consider center weighting the focusing point in your camera. This is something you may need to check your camera manual about. After you center weight your focus, look through the viewfinder and focus on your subject by holding the shutter button down halfway, then recompose the subject in the viewfinder so that it's pleasing to you, and push the shutter button down the rest of the way. Holding the shutter button down halfway gives you "focus lock".
using a tripod or Tripod Alternatives
Keep Hitting That Shutter Button!
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